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Doctors’ Profit Spurs More Men to Get Prostate Radiation

Posted on 08/19/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA government investigation reveals that doctors who have a financial interest in a radiation center are more likely to prescribe such treatment for older men with prostate cancer, possibly leading to unneeded procedures, negative side effects and a bloated medical bill. The New York Times reports that investigators from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said Medicare beneficiaries were often unaware that their doctor stood to profit from prescribing radiation therapy. Alternative treatments might be equally effective, especially for older men, …