More care (not equal to) better care

An interesting article on the fallacy of more care = better care. Health Beat analyzes:

I believe that pundits are right when they say that Americans have to learn to scale back on medical care. But I don’t think it needs to be achieved in the same way it was during the days of managed health care—when it seemed that many of the treatment denials were made purely to save money, without consideration about quality of care. An increased focus on learning to communicate risk and benefit effectively and by ramping up the patient’s role in decision-making will be far more important in reducing health care costs than learning to “say no.”

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