100 Percent in Health Care: Good or Bad?

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/2AkKs4i on November 29, 2017 at 04:13PM

American Board of Internal Medicine President and CEO Dr. Richard Baron says hitting 100 percent in medical practice is not always the ideal, and that it could “actually lead to poor patient care.”

Baron in a Health Affairs blog post used a case of acute appendicitis as an example for when 100 percent can prove problematic.

” … The best surgeons are wrong sometimes,” Baron writes. “They operate on patients who don’t have appendicitis. If a surgeon is right about acute appendicitis 100 percent of the time, they are waiting too long. More of their patients will have a burst appendix while the surgeon is waiting to be certain. And that is a far worse outcome than unnecessarily removing an appendix.”

Click here to read Baron’s full write up.