When you don’t need what the doctor ordered

There is no such thing as too much health spending in Australian politics, which can’t be  good for consideration of new Bond U research on over-diagnosis in healthcare.

Bond U assistant professor Ray Moynihan and colleagues argue in BMJ Evidence Based Medicine that expanded definitions of disease lead to unnecessary treatment.  The creation of pre-diseases, for example pre-diabetes, classifies “healthy people who are at risk of being at-risk”.  The authors suggest disease specialists doing the defining is part of the problem, as is the role of drug companies.


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