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The Medical Professionalism Blog

Recommended Reading: October 13 – 19

This week’s Recommended Reading post features the latest on overtreatment and pay-for-performance.

  • On the Hasting Center’s Over 65 blog, psychiatrist and health care ethicist James Sabin argues that our search for “magical health care bullets” contributes to ineffective health policy initiatives and to overtreatment of patients.
  • Contributors to the Health Affairs Blog review new research that suggests pay-for-performance and other monetary rewards can undermine physicians’ motivation to improve the quality of health care.

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