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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

On the blogs: Defensive medicine, a matter of degrees

On Kevin, M.D., Dr. Kevin Pho, a Nashua primary care physician, wrestles with defensive medicine and how to keep it from driving health care costs higher and potentially harming patients.

"Defensive medicine is expensive, has no basis in evidence-based study, and exposes the patient to a host of complications," he writes. "Contrary to popular opinion, more medicine does not equal better medicine."

On Running a Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess CEO Paul Levy tells a college student that law degrees are best for people planning to become lawyers, not hoping to get better educated, and master's degrees in public health are not appreciated as much as they should be.

"I don't believe it ought to be the case, but the degree is sometimes not valued in hospital settings," he writes. "I think it is because hospitals are dominated by doctors, who often view an MPH as a poor substitute for a medical degree and think people who get one were not smart enough to get into medical school."

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 10:00 AM
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