Unnecessary Medical Care Pros And Cons

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Nowadays, physicians will often prescribe medication, order test, or even perform procedures when they are not even necessary. One research done by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine found that $6.7 billion was spent during one year performing unneeded test or prescribing unnecessary medicines in primary care. (2011, October 14). Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111003144716.htm All of this extra treatment can become extremely hazardous to one’s health and very pricey in the end. Some treatments and medications can have adverse effects on your health because of the exposure to radiation and/or adding chemicals to your body that it plainly does not need. According to research done by the ABIM Foundation, nearly 3 out of …show more content…
(2014, May 1). Retrieved from http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/articles-and-news/2014/04/survey--physicians-are-aware-that-many-medical-tests-and-procedu.html President and CEO of the ABIM Foundation, Dr. Richard J. Baron stated, “Avoiding unnecessary medical care is important because care that is not needed can be harmful to patients, and unnecessary care raises health care costs for everyone.” (2014, May 1). Retrieved from http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/articles-and-news/2014/04/survey--physicians-are-aware-that-many-medical-tests-and-procedu.html So, why do doctors continue to provide unnecessary treatment?
There are various reasons why doctors have opted to over treat their patients rather than to just treat them with what is “medically needed”. First, many doctors are simply not comfortable in breaking old habits. Oftentimes they stick to what they know and treat patients with what they were trained is “standard” for their condition. Doctors tend to favor new evidence that reinforces their own way of

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