Do Americans really need the amount of treatment that our health care system is used to providing?


Despite the complexity of disease today, ailments sometimes do get better by themselves. And in some cases, scheduled surgeries weren’t necessary in the first place.

Source: People have stopped going to the doctor. Most seem just fine.– The New York Times

It might also be too early to know the consequences.

Four separate doctors told me, using nearly identical wording: “Time heals most things, in spite of, not because of, what we inflict on our patients”. Unfortunately, there is no great algorithm to optimally determine when we need to visit a health care provider.  While some visits per person per year went up in decades in the past, the US Census thinks they went down by 2010.

By EdwardM