Treating the masses, overtreating the few

In the US, overly aggressive treatment is estimated to cause 30 000 deaths among Medicare recipients alone each year. Reporter Jeanne Lenzer has investigated the problem for the BMJ, and explains why she thinks profit driven healthcare is to blame.

And, experience of treating rare conditions can take time to build. Rej Bhumbra, a surgical trainee in orthopaedic oncology, explains how his time in India fast tracked his learning.

See also
Could a passage to India be the way to get more surgical experience?
BMJ video: The harms of overtreatment
Unnecessary care: are doctors in denial and is profit driven healthcare to blame?

Demo video

Audio chapters:

The harms of overtreatment: 0:31

Surgical training in India: 8:28