10 tips for a better life from The Times' Op-Ed pages in 2013
It's not all politics and policy on The Times' Op-Ed pages. The section also dispenses advice on happiness, relationships and health, and it offers lessons for how to live a better life. Here's a look back at the Op-Ed articles that resonated most with readers. -- Alexandra Le Tellier
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When it comes to medical procedures, choose wisely( Peter and Maria Hoey / For The Times )
Patients in Los Angeles are increasingly demanding more medical services from their doctors, wrote Daniel J. Stone in a March Op-Ed: "Angelenos approach healthcare as they do other kinds of consumption. They expect their CT scans, when they want them, in much the same way they expect their decaf caramel extra hot low-fat macchiatos. Think of it as the Starbucks syndrome in healthcare."
Trouble is, he said, the " 'more is better' approach to healthcare ... adds cost without necessarily leading to better outcomes."
Instead, he recommends choosing wisely. His prescription to both doctors and patients:
"A joint initiative of Consumer Reports and the American Board of Internal Medicine, the program is aimed at encouraging both physicians and patients to carefully consider the wisdom of medical procedures. The program asks each of 25 medical sub-specialty societies to identify five commonly used tests or procedures that both patients and their doctors should question. When such procedures and tests are done without need, they are not just a waste of money; in some cases they may subject patients to additional risk without the potential to improve their health."
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