CHOOSING WISELY IN THE MEDIA, MAY 2018

Doctor reveals why GPs may offer excessive tests and treatment

A survey has revealed that one in five Kiwis believe their doctor has recommended a test or treatment that is unnecessary.

Despite this, 20 percent of the surveyed people went ahead with the test or treatment anyway rather than speaking to their doctor about why it was necessary.

Dr Derek Sherwood, chair of the Council of Medical College (CMC), admits that there are many factors that drive over-investigation and treatment.

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