Jama Internal Medicine
April 7, 2014
By Susan Molchan, MD
“Why are you here?” That was often the first question among fellow attendees as we met each other at a recent conference. It seemed perfectly reasonable at the time, but later I realized I had never attended a meeting where that question had arisen. Many of us circulate through the same set of specialty meetings each year. This conference, called From Avoidable Care to Right Care, was different. The 300 people who attended came from many walks of life and, though mostly from the United States, many countries. All were interested in addressing the inefficiencies and injustices in our health care system behemoth, especially with regard to the personal and societal costs of misuse and overuse of medical tests and treatments. We were, I suppose, a community of the concerned…
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