Appropriateness

We need to make sure that as health professionals, we’re helping our patients make the best possible choices to improve their health. Prescriptions, procedures and tests that are the most effective, and are based on the best evidence, produce the best patient care and have the most value for money. Over the last 10 years, the biggest cost drivers in our health care system are utilization of drugs and diagnostics1 - with little evidence that we are any healthier as a result. In fact, overuse of medications and tests can result in unnecessary risks such as overexposure to radiation from testing, unnecessary, invasive follow-up procedures or problematic drug reactions, which can be avoided by appropriate care. Better choices can result in healthier citizens, and lower system costs.

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