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PODCAST: Overtreated–Shannon Brownlee explains all

Overtreated is a marvelous new book by Shannon Brownlee. Shannon is a former US News & World Report health reporter, and now is a Fellow at the New America Foundation (that’s the centrist third way Clintonite Dem one). In the book she’s essentially trying to channel Jack Wennberg for the masses, and you all know how important that is.

I spoke to her about the book, changing the perception about what Americans think about the power of medicine, and how journalists haven’t got much chance of changing what they write about health. It was a great conversation.

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Coruption Happening Twice Recently, you may have heard or read in mass media sources about the issue of pharmacy benefit managers who have clients that are prescribed biologic medications and then are required to pay a great deal of money for such meds due to the placement of these meds on their PBMs. This is due to their status on the PBM, which is known as Tier 4 status, which requires patients to pay higher co-pays for these meds. Tier 4, which also includes lifestyle meds, is determined by the PBM based on variables such as rebates and discounts from… Read more »

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Just finished reading “Overtreated”. Totally agree, we are way to focused on acute episodic care and way to much in our last 12-6 months of life. The lack of coordination and commitment by individual physicians and the clinics/hospitals must be corrected. Ms. Brownlee, well done…I see this every day as a CEO for a health care network.

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I heards Shannon Brownlee interviewed on NPR. Here is another example of what can happen to a patient who defers too much to a particular doctor or test involving a course of treatment. My wife had severe pain in an area of her stomach. A CT scan was ordered and the radiologist reported back that she had an intussuception which is a telescoping of the intestine into itself which causes a blockage. This is a highly unusual condition in adults by the way. We consulted a solo practicng general surgeon and brought the film with us and he confirmed said… Read more »

maggie davie
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As a cancer patient, I would like to know more about “breast cancer cure” as referenced in Oprah’s magazine.