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Endless Screenings Don’t Bring Everlasting Health
Read this New York Times article about why some medical tests may cause more harm than good. In particular, treatment it was found in a recent study that 45 tests and procedures often have no clear benefit for patients and can in fact cause harm.
Sir Michael Marmot on Doctors Reducing Health Inequities
Read the new report by Sir Michael Marmot and the British Medical Association, Social Determinants of Health - What Doctors Can Do. The BMA's new report explains how doctors can use their expertise to act as community leaders to tackle this issue and explores how the social determinants of health are factors that impact on health and well-being for which there is little control, for example, where we are born, grow up, live, work and our gender and age. While these factors are not usually directly responsible for illness they have been described as the causes of the causes of illness.
U.S. Last Among Wealthy Nations in Preventable Deaths

The Commonwealth Fund published a report on the rate of amenable mortality (deaths that would have been preventable given the appropriate healthcare). Though the US improved it's rate slightly, it has the highest rate of  the16 high-income countries in the study. Had the US matched the rate of amenable mortality of Italy, France or Australia, 84,300 deaths would have been prevented between 2006-2007.


Read the full report here.

9.7.11- Better Care for Less: How the Affordable Care Act Pays for Itself and Cuts the Deficit

Read Maggie Mahar's brief  on how the Affordable Care Act will strengthen health insurance protections and at the same time cut costs. Mahar's acclaimed book, Money Driven Medicine, inspired the making of the documentary.

Full brief available here.

8.20.11- The Big Fish Will Once Again Escape

This Spirit of 1848 post by Robert Bowmann critiques how US healthcare rewards new technologies--needed by the fewest amount of patients, click at the expense of primary care and basic services-- needed by the majority of patients.

Read the article here.

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