Bruce Alpert

Bruce Alpert

Bruce Alpert writes for Kaiser Health News.

Pandemic leads doctors to rethink unnecessary medical treatment

By: - May 25, 2021

COVID-19 is opening the door for researchers to address a problem that has vexed the medical community for decades: the overtreatment and unnecessary treatment of patients. On one hand, the pandemic caused major health setbacks for non-COVID patients who were forced to, or chose to, avoid tests and treatments for various illnesses. On the other […]

r. Despina Markogiannakis examines a patient at her dental practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

From rotten teeth to advanced cancer, patients feel the effects of treatment delays

By: - April 20, 2021

With medical visits picking up again among patients vaccinated against COVID-19, health providers are starting to see the consequences of a year of pandemic-delayed preventive and emergency care as they find more advanced cancer and rotting and damaged teeth, among other ailments. Dr. Brian Rah, chairman of the cardiology department at Montana’s Billings Clinic, was […]