Large percentage of medical procedures offer no benefit

“At a time when seemingly everyone is concerned about the rising costs of health care, new research suggests as much as 40 percent of medical procedures…offer patients no benefits.” write Bayan Rari in a Houston Business Journal report.

That comment is the result of “A meta-analysis of data published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings determined 146 of the 363 practices examined were ‘ineffective’ or offered no benefits to patients….”  These are data derived from one of the best clinics in the world.

Click here to read the article.

Readers of CHC know this is what I’ve been saying all along.  This is just another factoid about why wellness doesn’t save money.

Let me ask a question to wellness true believers.  How will wellness prevent a doctor from doing a an absolutely unnecessary surgery on one of your employees? Hmm? If you’re a wellness true believer, please answer this question in the comments section below.

BTW: 40% of medical procedures is a lot of money, perhaps a trillion dollars. If we can stop paying for unnecessary medical procedures, the US economy will be in tall cotton, so to speak.  That alone could balance the budget, bring jobs back to America, and more.


Tom Emerick

Cracking Health Costs, the book, is now available on Amazon at a deeply discounted price.  Click here:  Cracking Health Costs: How to Cut Your Company’s Health Costs and Provide Employees Better Care by Tom Emerick and Al Lewis.

Tom Emerick is the President of Emerick Consulting, LLC, Partner and Chief Strategy Officer with Laurus Strategies, a Chicago-based consulting firm, and co-founder of Edison Health. In December 2012, Tom was listed in as one of 13 unsung heroes changing healthcare forever. In 2009, Tom was named by Healthspottr as one of the top 100 innovators in healthcare in the US for his work on medical ethics. Prior to consulting, Tom spent a number of years working for large corporations: Walmart Stores, Burger King, and British Petroleum.

One comment

  1. JJ says:

    The process of insurance company claim payments has become so computerized that a smart medical office coder can help to justify nearly any procedure based on the code(s) used to describe the diagnosis. How many unnecessary procedures were performed on patients without good health insurance plans? Very few, I think.

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