Dangerous medicine: When preventive care meets politics

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March 12, 2013
Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  
Posted in Commentary

"Who should get a mammogram? At what age? How frequently? What about Pap smears and prostate cancer tests and colonoscopies? Aren’t these questions experts can decide? Unfortunately, no. Any reader of daily newspapers knows that we are forever getting conflicting advice from well-meaning people. Part of the problem is that people differ in their attitude toward risk and in their willingness to spend money to reduce risk. A danger in a one-size-fits-all approach fashioned in Washington, DC, is that the experts may not share your values. Their attitude toward risk reduction may be different from yours." (03/11/13)


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