Friday, July 24, 2009

More on the President and Doctors Who Allegedly Perform Unnecessary Surgeries to Make More Money

Last night, EBR presented President Obama's allegation that doctors recommend unnecessary surgery for financial reasons. Of course, every doctor in America aware of his comments immediately dusted off their lawyer jokes. See It's Time for Lawyer Jokes for our brief post. Here's a follow-up from the ear-nose-throat doctors' organization AAO (American Academy of Otolaryngology):

“We, too, are in favor of evidence-based medicine that supports quality patient care. President Obama’s statement highlights the complexity of medical decisions like this. However, the AAO-HNS is disappointed by the President's portrayal of the decision making processes by the physicians who perform these surgeries. In many cases, tonsillectomy may be a more effective treatment, and less costly, than prolonged or repeated treatments for an infected throat.
“For the past several years, the Academy has been developing clinical guidelines based on evidence and outcomes research, including ‘Quality of Life after Tonsillectomy,’ a January 2008 supplement to the journal Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. We are in agreement with the President’s statement that physicians, patients, and hospitals should make the decisions, based on the evidence, about what’s best for patient care.”

Perhaps the President should stay away from commenting on medical details and review why healthcare "reform" to him and his Party never ever means doing something about the medical malpractice lottery that, I can attest, drives some part of health care spending in America.

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