CBS News deserves credit for angioplasty stories

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CBS News has aired two pieces the last two nights that raise questions about the overuse of angioplasty, about the medical arms race, and about informing patients with true informed consent about harms and benefits.

Monday June 8 clip here.

Tuesday June 9 clip here.

The first (at least) was done in partnership with Business Week.

We wish that CBS – and the other TV networks – would pursue more stories more often that raise such vital questions about evidence, overuse, costs, and quality in health care. Instead of a regular diet of stories that convey that “more is better, newer is better” – this type of story is much more meaningful for health care consumers.

For now, though, we simply want to tip our hat to this week’s efforts.

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