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Overdiagnosis Creates Health Problems, Researcher Says

01/26/11 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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In health care, the conventional wisdom is that early diagnosis can lead to better outcomes, but a group of doctors are Dartmouth say that we are suffering an epidemic of over-diagnosis. Dr. Gilbert Welch of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Research joins us to explain why he believes American doctors are over-treating for hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol and even cancer. We also discuss the implications for health care costs and attitudes toward treatment. Welch is co-author of the new book, Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick In Pursuit of Health.

Also in the program, Governor Peter Shumlin's budget address on Tuesday outlined the financial and policy priorities for his administration. VPR's Bob Kinzel looks at what Shumlin proposed as the state faces down a $150 million budget shortfall.

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