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Unnecessary Medical Tests

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Over the years, Americans have developed a “see your doctor” culture that, at its best, increases the chance of a healthy population. But at its worst, medical providers put us on a treadmill of test after test- all very lucrative for them, but of questionable value for us. The collection of articles below will shed some light on the practice of high volume testing:

1) Doctor Panels Recommend Fewer Tests for Patients

The New York Times, April 4, 2012

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2) Vast Study casts Doubt on Value of Mammograms

The New York Times, February 11, 2014

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3) Skip Your Annual Physical- by Ezekiel Emanuel

The New York Times, January 8, 2015

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4) A Check on Physicals

The New York Times, “The Well Blog”, January 22, 2013

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5) An Exam with Poor Results

The New York Times, April 30, 2013

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6) Common Knee Surgery Does Very Little for Some, Study Suggests

The New York Times, December 26, 2013

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7) Endless Screenings Don’t Bring Everlasting Health

The New York Times, April 17, 2012

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8) When the Doctor is Not Needed

The New York Times, December 16, 2012

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9) Do you need that test?

The New York Times, April 9, 2012

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10) Study Questions Efficacy of Knee Surgery

The Wall Street journal, December 26, 2013

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11) Study: Medical Homes Haven’t Saved Money Or Substantially Improved Care

Kaiser Health News.org

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Blogs:

1) Harvard Medical School:

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2) Science Based Medicine:

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3) Modern Healthcare:

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