I just watched a video from Healthcare Triage, a YouTube series created by Aaron Carroll, MD. Dr. Carroll is both a pediatrician and a healthcare researcher; his goal is to educate patients about how the healthcare system works (or doesn’t) and answer questions about common health topics.
This video focuses on an unfortunate reality in our healthcare system—roughly half of common treatments aren’t based on good research.
In our predominately for-profit healthcare system, fear sells products.
Every day I read an article or listen to a news story about cancer. Breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, liver cancer, mouth cancer, ovarian cancer…I often feel like a ticking time bomb!
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by the grim statistics being tossed around by marketers. Then we live in fear, become anxious and … read on
Our healthcare system is like an inverted pyramid.
Rather than having a strong base of primary care doctors—family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics—and a decreasing number of specialists, we have more and more specialists and a dwindling number of primary care docs.
Roughly two thirds of our doctors are specialists. And subspecialists. And sub-subspecialists.
Why is that a problem?
One, because specialists cost more money, which adds … read on
A big, new study about antidepressants came out in a medical journal last week. It concluded that antidepressants were “modestly” effective compared to placebo, and listed which drugs seem to offer the most help with the fewest side effects.
But the media seem to have taken the study a step further; they’ve been reporting that based on this information, more people should … read on