Screening for illness is promoted as a way to help identify disease at a curable stage and to keep us healthy. But is it worth the cost and risks?
I discuss the very real downside of health screening and preventive care with Dr. Gilbert Welch, author of Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health, from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Dr. Welch points out that a big problem with screening is that it’s hard to make well people better, but it’s not hard to make them worse.
There’s no such thing as a free lunch. You can hear the interview on Getting Better Health Care.