Are US doctors overtesting, overtreating ? #Healthcare @myen #in

A combination of both is at work, but now new evidence and guidelines are recommending a step back and more thorough doctor-patient conversations about risks and benefits.

As a medical journal editorial said this week about Obama’s recent checkup, Americans including the commander in chief need to realize that “more care is not necessarily better care.”

Obama’s exam included prostate cancer screening and a virtual colonoscopy. The PSA test for prostate cancer is not routinely recommended for any age and colon screening is not routinely recommended for patients younger than 50. Obama is 48.

Granted he is the president… but leaders need to lead, and lead by example.

Did the president need four physicians participating in his *routine* physical?

President Obama’s *unnecessary* care is calculated to have cost the American taxpayer in excess of $5200. If we took the American population of roughly 307 million and multiplied it by this amount one gets a sum of 1,596,400,000,000 or roughly 1.5 trillion!

That is in fact more than the cost of President Obama’s entire healthcare package over a span of almost 10 years.

While reform moves forward… or move aptly is forced forward, there are too many elephants in the room that are simply being shoved aside to make room for the waste that continues to build up 🙂


About hjluks

A busy Academic Orthopedic Surgeon, Digital Strategist, Chief Medical Officer and father... intently and efficiently navigating the intersection of Social Media and Health Care.
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