Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Each year, there are at least one million unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures done in Canadian health care settings. This means that hundreds of thousands of Canadians are exposed to potential harm by unnecessary care.
What constitutes ‘unnecessary care’?
Unnecessary care could be a prescription drug, a diagnostic test or a medical procedure that does not improve a patient’s health outcomes and is not backed by the best available evidence.  It may also involve risks and harmful side-effects.
In other words, this is medical care that offers no value to patients and strains health care resources.

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