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Doctor’s discretion may not be in patient’s best interest

Another New York Times article in a series of articles examining financial incentives for doctors in prescribing drugs and treatments and evaluating patients examines cardiologist recommendations of treatment for patients.

Typically, options for patients with blocked coronary arteries are drugs, bypass surgery and vessel-clearing procedures like angioplasty. Among these choices, angioplasty is the most profitable for the doctors. While no accusations have been made or charges filed, several areas have a rate of angioplasties that are off the charts. For example, a northern Ohio town Elyria, just outside of Cleveland, has angioplasties at a rate nearly four times the national average.

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