News – Canadians undergo more than 1 million potentially unnecessary medical tests, treatments a year: report

Up to 30 per cent of medical tests, treatments and procedures done in Canada are potentially unnecessary – and the excess is hurting both patients and the health system, a new report says.

The report, which was released Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Choosing Wisely Canada, focused on eight types of tests and procedures that are commonly ordered by healthcare professionals and were found to be unnecessary and of no value to patients.

These needless tests and procedures, researchers say, are resulting in waste within the health system, as well as increased wait times and could potentially lead to patient harm.

Full article at: Global News