U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

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Even in Basic Health Decisions, You Can’t Screen Out Politics

Like it or not, someone other than your doctor is in the business of recommending your medical treatments.

That job falls to a little-known group called the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. It has been the subject of increasing controversy, not because it guides decisions, but because some of its recommendations have shifted from encouraging expensive and expansive screening to discouraging its overuse. As with many things in medicine, it’s much more popular to do stuff than to tell people “no.”

Created in 1984 by Congress, the task force makes recommendations about clinical services, like screening for common diseases, that are essential elements of preventive care. The…

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