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Doctor groups list top overused, misused tests, treatments, and procedures

April 5, 2012
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health


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Joey Peter
June 3, 2012

Dear P.J. Skerrett,

Thank you very much for sharing this info . Our powerful media never expose such things with clarity .

Lay men don’t have the knowledge to decide whether these tests are necessary or not .

Josey Peter

Jennifer McLeod
May 31, 2012

A very helpful post and people should be aware of this. So much money wasted for unnecessary medical tests.

Jennifer McLeod
Self Harm Training Specialist

May 28, 2012

$900 billion dollars of health care spending is wasted each year is a very serious matter. Better to do something about it and look for a best solution. This is a lot of money and with this amount we can help many people if we do the right thing.

May 28, 2012

Really appreciate you sharing this post. Really thank you! Want more.
Awesome blog.Much thanks again. Want more.

Robert Root
May 28, 2012

I just spent an entire year visiting specialists, as the doctor assures me it’s all deductive reasoning, thank god I was referred to the right specialist BY a specialist or I would have never gotten a proper diagnosis. one can never be too happy about getting a diagnosis after 16 years of suffering, but I must say after the hard work I was quite pleased and have considered framing the damn thing. Thankfully I was able to self treat my sensory neuropathy and I live pain free today. Thank you for the excellent information, Robert Root.

May 22, 2012

There is great emotional cost in performing unnecessary medical tests.

April 12, 2012

Agreed with the others. There is great emotional cost in performing unnecessary medical tests.

May 8, 2012

Isn’t it obvious? It’s a patentiol to defer losses. If you pay for insurance and get very sick/hurt the insurance company will cover a percentage of the bills.Depending on the plan*, but usually the ratio that company pays versus what the insured is payed is about 80/20.So is it better to pay $300 a month in insurance premiums to deflect a big injury by 80/20 if one occurs or is it better to not have insurance and pay 100% if one occurs? You decide your risk tolerance.

April 11, 2012

Agreed with the others

Linda Zuber
April 10, 2012

At a routine dental cleaning yesterday, I again refused to have x-rays as I wasn’t experiencing any problems. The hygenist got hostile towards me because I was refusing them. I tried to explain the multiple cysts on either side of my thyroid gland and one large one that presses on my esophagus, have made me afraid to have anymore radiation if I’m not having a problem. She has never pushed my husband or brother on this subject; she mentions it and they say “no” and that’s that. Today, I see there is a paper published by Harvard and Yale on the correlation between too many dental x-rays and brain tumors. My father died from a glioblastoma which makes me doubly afraid of more radiation, if it’s not necessary. I don’t want to fight with the hygeniest; I feel that should be a discussion between the dentist and me.

April 12, 2012

I agree with you, it’s hard to find medical staff who are educated enough to explain further if it’s really necessary for us. Next time ask her or him to write in black and White and tell her that you’ll reply letter. It’s our life is at stake so we just want what’s best for us. Anyway, stay cool and take care.

May 9, 2012

Because uninsured htelah costs are the #1 cause of bankruptcy in the US. If you ever want to own ANYTHING, like a house, or buy a car on credit, you’d best keep htelah insurance in place. A bad car accident could lay you up for 6 months and give you $250,000 in medical bills, in a minute.

ideal protein diet
April 9, 2012

I agree with avoiding tests and procedures that aren’t effective or useful saves time and money. for those rich people who don’t care money, waste their money is okay, but for the poor, test and procedures that is not useful is really wastes the time, therefore, we have to be more selective to

April 7, 2012

Agreed with the others. There is great emotional cost in performing unnecessary medical tests.


Mike McDermott
April 7, 2012

This is yet more smoke. I had a doctor and hospital deliberately harm my kidney. Although many doctors and organizations, including Harvard’s, have known about me and my plight, I have been completely ignored for over 10 years. Until organizations and doctors stand up to specifically condemn corrupt doctors and hospitals and their practices, corruption will continue to spread with occasional worthless appeasing articles such as this.

April 5, 2012

i hope to stud master of hematology
please can you help me
.i wait replay from you

May 9, 2012

i think the best way to know would be to ask students about the iiaretctnon between different ethnic groups (don’t phrase it like “are people racist here?” lol that might offend them) and see what they say. as far as i know, harvard is quite diverse, and i haven’t heard anything to make me think people there would be racist.good luck getting in, its very competitive.References :

Armando Ribeiro das Neves Neto
April 5, 2012

Great discussion! It is important to remember that beyond the financial costs and increased iatrogenic risk, there is an emotional cost in carrying out unnecessary tests. The medicine of the future must learn to combine “high tech – high touch.” Armando Ribeiro das Neves Neto. Sao Paulo / SP, Brazil.

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