Film-makers who are making a documentary about Money-Driven Medicine have contacted me to ask if I know of anyone who “is suffering from, has suffered from, or is related to a patient who they believe has suffered from some type of over-treatment.
“It doesn’t have to be a dramatic case – just someone who feels they were pushed through a cascade of needless scans towards some surgery or treatment that they would rather not have had would make the point, too.”
I don’t think we’re looking for a case of malpractice, but rather a case where the patient chose elective surgery or an elective procedure without having the opportunity to fully understand the risks and benefits in the way he or she would have if they had gone through a “shared decision-making” process. (See related post on “consumer-driven” vs. “patient-centered” medicine). It could be a knee replacement or hip surgery; it could be angioplasty or by-pass, it could be treatment for early-stage prostate cancer, another round of chemo, etc.
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