Medical Tests That Do Harm

 

Enter a new term into the midlife vernacular: medical gluttony. It's when our doctors order a barrage of "just in case" medical testing to keep us happy. It's a practice that ratchets up the cost of medical care in America -- not just for insurance companies, but also for patients in the form of deductibles and co-pays. And because medical tests and procedures frequently carry their own set of risks, it can actually cause more harm than do good.

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