Billions of Dollars Wasted on Unnecessary Medical Treatments

Billions, yes billions—$769 to be exact in 2009 health system spending was “deemed to be wasted, with a large portion of that amount— $210 billion linked to unnecessary services.” Overprescribing antibiotics and conducting unneeded tests and treatments can not only be overpriced, but also risky for individual health. Advisory panels have “developed recommendations that should help determine the appropriate use of the treatments while reducing potential risks to patients”. There are five specific medical treatments that patients should be watchful of— have you been a target of any?

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