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More health care does not mean better health
We have experienced remarkable improvements in life expectancy over the past 100 years. Reasons for this include: sanitary drinking water, pasteurized milk, safe sewage disposal, work safety, higher standards of living, better education and cures for, or immunization against, many communicable diseases.
Providing the right amount of healthcare
It is easy to assume that the real problem with our healthcare system is “not enough” — not enough physicians, not enough MRIs, not enough money. But a growing number of studies show that more healthcare is not always better and the more expensive drug or treatment option is not necessarily the right choice.
Why medical screening still has value
Over the last few weeks there has been much debate in the media about the recommendations to limit population screening for two cancers. First came the US recommendation to stop routine mammography screening for breast cancer in women aged 40 to 49.
Medical screening has over-promised and under-delivered
What could possibly be wrong with having a mammogram? Or a PSA test for prostate cancer? Even a full body CT scan? Finding the signs of illness before it strikes you down is always the best course of action — isn’t it?