In any developed country, politicians and clinicians are struggling to improve quality of care while reducing costs of healthcare systems. To remedy this, groups of doctors across North America—including here in Canada—have banded together to create lists of medical procedures or tests that are likely to be of no benefit (at best) or can possibly do harm while adding unnecessary costs. The goal of this initiative, called Choosing Wisely, is to improve quality of care and to address rising healthcare costs. This campaign hopes to inspire a dialogue between clinicians and patients about making good, evidence-based, cost-effective choices about their health and healthcare.
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