Center for Genetics and Society
New America Foundation
present a discussion with Shannon Brownlee
Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer
Friday, December 14
436 14th Street, Suite 700
Shannon Brownlee spoke at the offices of CGS at a December 14 event co-sponsored by the New America Foundation. Her new book, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer, argues that the U.S. health care system delivers huge amounts of unnecessary care that is not only expensive and wasteful but can actually imperil our health. It shows how the interests of politicians and the medical-industrial complex continually trump those of patients, seducing the wealthy with unnecessary procedures and leaving the poor with haphazard access to treatment.
Brownlee's talk also addressed the coming era of personalized genomic medicine and asked whether it is more likely to remedy the lack of evidence in current medical practice, or to exacerbate the problems of cost and unnecessary care.
Brownlee is an award-winning journalist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and has written and spoken widely about health care, genetic testing and the insurance industry, problems in the assisted reproductive industry, and the need for national policies to regulate new human genetic technologies.