The title of the article is “Patients Won’t Take Charge of Cutting Health Costs”. After an interesting study where patients were educated about the risks for some low-value medical care tests, by both written information and doctor discussed information, patients still opted to have tests done. Three low-value tests were studied. Prostrate screening for men 50 to 60. Colon Cancer screening in people 76-85. And DEXA testing in women with low risk for Osteoporosis. In all three cases patients demanded the tests be performed even if the doctor disagreed. It appears our worry over our health decreases our ability to make wise decisions.
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Patients Won’t Take Charge of Cutting Health Costs