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The Cost-Effectiveness of Family Physicians –Aggressive Treatment Plans Aren’t Always the Best Care

July 29, 2013

Continuing my discussion of the findings in a recently published study on the ways family physicians deliver better care at a lower cost than a multi-ologist model, today I will talk about how family physicians often believe aggressive treatment plans aren’t always the best care.

This statement should be less of a surprise to many family physicians than last weeks post – early detection doesn’t necessarily change the ultimate outcome.

Examples of this belief are surgeries performed for marginal reasons, other procedures performed when giving a process a little more time to resolve on its own, chemotherapy for patients with advanced cancers who have already received courses of treatment, etc. It’s not just the financial waste from these interventions, it’s the physical harms that go with them.

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