Physicians, more patients than you might think believe you're not sparing enough with prescriptions and treatments. A new study by the Wall Street Journal and Harris Interactive found that more than a quarter of patients have failed to fill a drug prescription because they felt that it was unnecessary, and that 20 percent have gotten a second opinion when they felt their doctor's recommendations were too aggressive for their taste. All told, 44 percent of people surveyed told Harris that either they or a family member didn't follow their doctors' instructions because they didn't feel comfortable with them. Meanwhile, 89 percent of Americans surveyed said nothing bad happened to them because they didn't do what they were told.
To get more details on the study:
- read this Wall Street Journal piece (sub. req.)