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Over-prescribed

More health care isn’t always better

Americans continue to submit to medical tests and procedures that are unnecessary and, potentially, harmful. But Washington state is at the forefront of a national campaign to change that. Above, Dr. Matt Handley of Group Health speaks with a patient. “We don’t care for patients by doing more to them,” he said. “We care for patients by talking with them and caring for them.”

Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times

Americans continue to submit to medical tests and procedures that are unnecessary and, potentially, harmful. But Washington state is at the forefront of a national campaign to change that. Above, Dr. Matt Handley of Group Health speaks with a patient. “We don’t care for patients by doing more to them,” he said. “We care for patients by talking with them and caring for them.”

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