Are wealthier people at extra risk of harm?

In this New England Journal of Medicine paper, Welch and colleagues discuss whether wealthier people receive too much care – ie more than is good for them. “Excessive testing of low-risk people produces real harm, leading to treatments that have no benefit (because there is nothing to fix) but can nonetheless result in medication side effects, surgical complications, and occasionally even death.’

Income and Cancer Overdiagnosis – When Too Much Care is Harmful. H Gilbert Welch, Elliott S Fisher. N Engl J Med 376;23, 2208-2209. June 8 2017. http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMp1615069

 

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Medical writer, author, artist. Cancer campaigner. Aiming always to improve health services and bring compassion into health care.
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