Overtreatment is an ongoing issue in healthcare, but some physicians believe a simple solution is to add more chairs to the hospital or doctor’s office room. This will ensure that doctors sit down and take the time to have real conversations with their patients about treatment goals. This is especially true among primary care doctors, who should take the time to collect key information about a patient’s lifestyle, history, personal values, and care goals.
A recent estimate suggests that unneeded and unnecessary procedures and tests cost the healthcare system over $282 million per year. A more individualized approach to health care could help to reduce these costs.
These findings were published in Fierce Healthcare on September 28, 2018.