Primary Care Doctors: Americans Receive Too Much Care

Nearly half of primary care physicians “said their patients received too much medical care and more than a quarter said they were practicing more aggressively than they’d like to,” according to a new poll. Physicians complained that they were “ordering more tests, prescribing more drugs or diagnosing people with diseases, although they would never have experienced any symptoms.” The Affordable Care Act, which the American Medical Association (AMA) endorsed, seeks to discourage this kind of overtreatment by reforming the reimbursement system and paying physicians for delivering more efficient health care.