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Letters True cost of unnecessary investigations

Is it a doctor’s job to balance the healthcare needs of the population against those of individual patients?

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 19 January 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o101
  1. Abeezar I Sarela, consultant surgeon
  1. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF, UK
  1. a.sarela{at}

Mathew raises an important concern about the costs of over-testing and over-treatment.1 This problem requires urgent attention. But we doctors are “tasked with balancing the needs of our entire population” against those of individual patients. Surely, this …

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