In the News

Warning: Apple HealthKit risks driving up medical costs

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 “do something” or “prescribe the latest medicine/test/ treatment,” even if doing nothing (or promoting basic lifestyle changes instead of drugs) would be just as effective. There is financial pressure to use costly medical equipment or get insurance reimbursements for treatments (it’s more lucrative to prescribe something for patients than simply talk to them), a fear of lawsuits by doctors if they don’t “do something,” and sometimes even pressure…

To read the full blog post, click here.