For decades now, just about every attempt to show that medical screening programmes save lives has proved that they are a waste of time, energy and money. Indeed, surveys have proved that, because of the risk of false positives, medical screening programmes do far more harm than good.

Patients are frequently invited to their doctor’s surgery for a screening test or a health check. Family doctors are sometimes paid huge bonuses if they perform routine health checks on some elderly patients.

The principle of screening is a simple one: the patient trots along to the doctor and…


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Source: Dr Vernon Coleman - MB ChB DSc Read the original article here: