Are You Getting Too Much Medical Care?

Some tests and procedures lead to worse—rather than better—health

With all the high-tech—and expensive—medical care available in the US, you may assume that Americans are among the healthiest people in the world. But that’s not true.

Troubling fact: The US spends more than any other country (about 17% of its gross domestic product) on health care but ranks 12th (among 13 industrialized nations) in measures of overall health, such as life expectancy.

For an insider’s perspective on what’s wrong with our medical system—and advice on how we can protect ourselves—Bottom Line/Health spoke with Dennis Gottfried, MD, who has extensively researched this subject and worked as a general practice physician for more than 25 years. Click here to read full article on Bottom Line/ Health