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Thu, Oct 23, 2014

LETTER: Government should leave care to doctors

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Recently, I attended a forum in Nashville about a government program known as Academic Detailing.

In an attempt to cut costs, government contractors visit doctors and recommend the use of cheaper treatments that usually work for most, but not all, patients.

As a health care provider, I must provide personalized care to every one of my patients. This requires continual monitoring and assessment of each patient’s response to a course of treatment, and modifying their care plan if necessary, based on the individual differences in how different patients can respond to the same treatment.

U.S. patients have higher five-year cancer survival rates than those in other advanced countries. One of the reasons for that is that treatment decisions are made by doctors and patients, not the government.

Better health outcomes come from patient-focused care, not one-size-fits-all treatment recommendations.

Anna Hughes
Nashville, Tenn.

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