Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America (H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman Series)

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At a time when access to health care in the United States is being widely debated, Nortin Hadler argues that an even more important issue is being overlooked. Although necessary health care should be available to all who need it, he says, the current health-care debate assumes that everyone requires massive amounts of expensive care to stay healthy. Hadler urges that before we commit to paying for whatever pharmaceutical companies and the medical establishment tell us we need, American consumers need to adopt an attitude of skepticism and arm themselves with enough information to make some of their own decisions about what care is truly necessary.

Each chapter of Worried Sick is an object lesson regarding the uses and abuses of a particular type of treatment, such as mammography, colorectal screening, statin drugs, or coronary stents. For consumers and medical professionals interested in understanding the scientific basis for Hadler's arguments, each topical chapter has an accompanying source chapter in which Hadler discusses the medical literature and studies that inform his critique.

According to Hadler, a major stumbling block to rational health-care policy in the United States is contention over the very concept of what constitutes good health. By learning to distinguish good medical advice from persuasive medical marketing, consumers can make better decisions about their personal health and use that wisdom to inform their perspectives on health-policy issues.

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"A serious diagnosis of what ails modern American medicine which will surprise and educate even the most savvy reader. Hadler exposes the fallacies that drive unnecessary and often harmful treatments and offers a hard-hitting series of remedies that could benefit us all."--Jerome Groopman, M.D., Harvard Medical School, author of How Doctors Think
|"Worried Sick is for anyone who wants to make wise decisions about how to care for themselves and their loved ones. Dr. Hadler lucidly reveals the expensive tests that determine little and the quick fixes that boost nothing but cost to point the way toward a health system that we can't afford not to have."--Scott Simon, National Public Radio, author of Pretty Birds and Windy City
|"Hadler documents that many Americans receive health care that is useless and often harmful because their physicians do not follow scientific standards of effectiveness. He makes a strong case that these standards should be the basis of payment and should guide patients in selecting physicians and consenting to treatment."--Daniel M. Fox, Milbank Memorial Fund
|"If, by some wild stretch of the imagination, the U.S. Congress convened and empowered a national convention to transform the American health-care system (i.e. industry), Nortin Hadler's Worried Sick would have to serve as the template and the moral bible. His subtitle says it all, 'A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America.'
Case by case, drug by drug, test by test, and procedure by procedure, Hadler exposes the excesses, the unjustified costliness, and the ineffectiveness of the present medical scene. With an encyclopedic review of the published medical literature, Hadler shows us that the public is medicalized to an extreme and to no gain in the overall health of the nation.
Hadler presents a proposal for a health-care insurance system that will increase the health of the nation, provide only effective care, and reduce costs. All self-funded employers must read, absorb, and install Hadler's well-founded ideas. As Hadler points out, it is probably too late for any federal plan to do anything but further increase costs and extend ineffectiveness."--Clifton K. Meador, M.D., author of A Little Book of Doctors' Rules, Med School, and Symptoms of Unknown Origin
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"A serious diagnosis of what ails modern American medicine which will surprise and educate even the most savvy reader. Hadler exposes the fallacies that drive unnecessary and often harmful treatments and offers a hard-hitting series of remedies that could benefit us all."--Jerome Groopman, M.D., Harvard Medical School, author of How Doctors Think

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