That is the title of a good Forbes article on overcharging and over-treating cancer. The author is Robert Pearl, MD.
Pearl articulates how money motivates treat option by oncologists. He writes, “…when [a] physician has a financial investment in the equipment he or she uses, it’s money – as often as science – that often motivates treatment decisions.”
He also explains how suboptimal cancer therapy is applied for moneymaking reasons. They often opt for longer radiation therapy programs over equally or more effective shorter treatments…”More treatments, more money.” How unethical.
This is exactly why forward thinking companies are looking for cancer centers of excellence, ones led by ethical doctors. All cancer centers should have utmost ethics but they don’t…too bad.
EdisonHealth will soon announce a program of centers of excellence for cancer treatment, ones that will focus on what’s best for the patient.
Cracking Health Costs, the book, an Amazon best seller, is 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 and co-founder of EdisonHealth. In December 2012, Tom was listed in Forbes.com 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.