More visits to MD’s does not bring better health

From Yahoo News comes the article: “More Doctor Visits Do Not Mean Better Outcome”

According to the article, a medical school researcher has “debunked the idea that more visits to a physician will automatically lead to a better outcome for patients.”

Dr. John Wennberg said that, “there is no evidence that more care is better care” and as an example Dr. Wennberg stated that “research found that patients who saw their physician every 3 weeks in the last 6 months of their lives did not live any longer than those who stayed at home.”

The information comes from the Dartmouth Atlas of Healthcare which looks at healthcare trends in different markets across the U.S. and looks for ways to improve the quality of healthcare in the U.S.

This article echoes the sentiment from the report in the May/June edition of the journal Health Affairs which highlights that the U.S. is spending more than double on “healthcare” than in other industrialized countries and yet has little to show for it.

Again, more drugs, more surgery, and more costs, does not equal better health.

Yahoo News: More Doctor Visits Do Not Mean Better Outcome @ 10:45 am | Article ID: 957894314