Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society spoke at the Association of Healthcare Journalists. This is good thing and well worth listening to. He explains tests, marketing and treatments especially with cancer as that is his field, an oncologist. He says we need doctors who appreciate science and better informed patients. He says people in the US may not always live longer but we sure do a great job of taking pictures (medical imaging).
He says we don’t get what we pay for. The video is well worth watching as he brings in the pharma side of all of this and he attacks insurance companies as well. He also talks about screenings that are not needed and some old laws on the books relative to treatment that maybe don’t need to be there.
As an encore here, another point of view but related on statistics and numbers, give it a listen and watch his video on the front page of this blog. BD