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“The Great American Tragedy” of the overtesting of the worried well

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Two learned authors, Drs. George Lundberg and Clifton Meador, have a piece on MedPage Today, “Arithmetic Stings When Well People Seek Medical Care.”

Excerpts:

“Over the past several decades, there has been a shift in the kinds of patients seeking medical care.

The progression has been from sick to early sick to well to worried well to worried sick.”

The pure arithmetic they refer to is that “The increase of well people seeking medical care lowers the prevalence of all diseases and increases the rates of false diagnoses.”

And that trend they refer to as “Great American Medical Tragedy.”

Read the piece and/or watch Lundberg telling the tale on this video.

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