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  •  you stop paying doctors for useless tests (1+ / 0-)
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    Useless as defined as tests which according to well done double-blind tests provide no improvement in quality or quantity of life.  The mammogram thing doesn't meet that test.  PSA screening for certain young otherwise healthy men probably does.

    This is what we mean when we talk about science based medicine.  Things that have been proven to work - or at least things that have not been proven not to work.  It's also why republicans were testing the outrage they could generate over funding comparative effectiveness studies about six months ago.  Everyone thinks it's a good idea, but the GOP is against it because it makes health care reform possible.

    We have always known that heedless self interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics. - FDR 1936

    by AndersOSU on Tue Nov 24, 2009 at 11:15:04 AM PST

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    •  Even simpler; GOP is bought and paid for. (0+ / 0-)

      Comparative effectiveness research is Kryptonite for many worthless or frankly dangerous therapies and testing methods which are currently extremely profitable for the medical/industrial complex.

      Any Federal program that effectively identifies worthless or dangerous therapies and leads to their abandonment is a threat to the profits of BigPharma, imaging companies, surgical equipment manufacturers and so on. By killing comparative effectiveness research, Republicans are merely doing their masters' bidding.

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