Michael Joyce is a writer-producer with HealthNewsReview.org and tweets as @mlmjoyce
The dangers of too much health care: It’s something we think the public needs to learn more about.
Ray Moynihan, PhD, a former investigative journalist turned health care researcher, agrees.
A good example is direct-to-consumer genetic testing. As we’ve written about, it’s been marketed for all sorts of ailments — from weight loss to breast cancer — and very often the resulting news coverage is short on skepticism and long on hype.
“There are huge dangers here of turning all of us into patients,” says Moynihan, “… [turning] all of us into a sort of walking collection of predispositions to disease.”
Moynihan is an internationally recognized voice when it comes to the intersection of overdiagnosis, evidence-based medicine, and conflicts of interest in health care.
His gift for communicating with passion and clarity on these topics, and other aspects of the medical-industrial complex, is on full display in this podcast.
Here are three places you can turn to learn more about Moynihan and his work:
Some other topics mentioned in the podcast you may want to explore further:
Here’s a complete listing of all our podcasts.