Monday, April 26, 2004

From News-Medical.Net:
Canadian doctors oblivious to costs of prescribed drugs
For the most part, family physicians in British Columbia aren't even close when they guess the costs of the treatments and tests they prescribe for their patients, according to a new study published in the journal Canadian Family Physician.

Seventy-three per cent of the doctors surveyed could not estimate the costs of their orders to patients within 25 per cent of the actual costs. And not only do they not know the costs, in many cases they are "wild" in their guessing, says Dr. Michael Allan, a professor in the U of A Department of Family Medicine and a co-author of the study. The research involved analyzing the survey responses of 259 doctors in British Columbia.

From the Globe and Mail:
The truth about hormone treatment -- and why you didn't hear it sooner
When Sandy Bohl began to experience the hot flashes of menopause 10 years ago, she was advised to undergo hormone-replacement therapy.

"My doctor said to me, 'You absolutely have to go on it or your skin is going to dry up, your vagina will dry up . . . you'll get osteoporosis and heart disease,' " recalled Ms. Bohl, a Toronto actress and model.

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