Ethics in Medicine

They Lost Their Legs. Doctors and Health Care Giants Profited.

Kristen Sparrow • July 15, 2023

The perverse incentives that arise in our medical system can have horrible consequences.  First do no harm.   Or another hazard, Science Says No, Doctor Says Yes.As the article says.

But more than a decade of medical research has shown that the vast majority of people with peripheral artery disease have mild or no symptoms and don’t require treatment, aside from getting more exercise and taking medication. Experts said even those who do have severe symptoms, like Ms. Hanna, shouldn’t undergo repeated procedures in a short period of time.

Many people with peripheral artery disease also have heart disease or diabetes, which present serious risks. Such patients, already anxious about their health, are susceptible to warnings from doctors that, absent intrusive medical procedures, they could lose their legs.