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New Thinking About Treating Cancer

September 18, 2014

“Advances in research are leading doctors to rethink how to treat cancer—and in some cases of early detection, whether to treat it at all. [The Diane Rehm Show] explores new ideas in the approach to cancer treatment.”

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Shannon Brownlee: CVS clinics hurt America’s health care

September 17, 2014
By Shannon Brownlee, MSc

You know there’s a lot of money to be made in health care when a company voluntarily gives up peddling cigarettes — a $2-billion product line — to better market itself as a health-care-focused company. This month, all 7,700 CVS drugstores removed tobacco products from their shelves, and the company announced it was changing its name to CVS Health. Like Walmart and several other retailers, CVS is hoping to cash in on “retail medicine.”

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Is that surgery really necessary? Ensuring the Medical Necessity of Care

July 30, 2014

Prescribing unnecessary medical tests, procedures, hospitalizations and surgeries has become an epidemic worldwide. The rates of caesarian sections, for instance, vary widely. While globally the C section rate in public hospitals is 10 percent, it reaches an alarming 98 percent in Brazil’s private hospitals, and 40 percent in private hospitals worldwide…

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Warning: Apple HealthKit risks driving up medical costs

June 6, 2014
By: Sharon Machlis

The Lown Institute, founded by Nobel Laureate Dr. Bernard Lown, works to curb medical overtreatments. And they make some convincing arguments about overtreatment in general. In short: With uncertainty in medicine, there are loads incentives in the American medical system for a doctor to…

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The Cruel Paradox of Underuse

May 13, 2014

This blog, the third in a series about our March 18 forum, Healing Health Care: Curing the System of Overuse, Underuse and Misuse, focuses on the “cruel paradox” that while we are spending more and more on health care…

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First, Do No Harm

May 7, 2014

This blog is the second in a series to highlight some of the issues raised in the recent forum,Healing Health Care: Curing the System of Overuse, Underuse and Misuse. The forum, hosted by Universal Health Care Foundation and our parent organization CHART…

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Bigger Hospitals Mean Higher Prices, Not Better Care

February 18, 2014
By: Shannon Brownlee and Vikas Saini

Hospitals are busily merging with other hospitals and buying up groups of doctors. They claim that size brings efficiency and the opportunity to deliver more “value-based” care — and fewer unnecessary services…

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Overuse: More Care Does Not Mean Better Care

April 28, 2014

On March 18, Universal Health Care Foundation and our parent organization CHART hosted a Reform to Transform forum, Healing Health Care: Curing the System of Overuse, Underuse and Misusefeaturing Shannon Brownlee as the key note speaker…

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