Currently, I'm reading the above-titled book. Bottom-line, it presents the case that we (Americans) are not only over-diagnosed, but we are over-tested. Thus, it leads to being diagnosed with a disease that will rarely harm us or result in death. Yes, this is an oversimplification on my part.
Here's my point: Recently, I have read and heard many reports about this. For example, people receiving stents who don't need them and people on meds for osteopenia - a made-up "disease".
So, from an article about a doctor who was investigated for inserting stents in patients who did not need them, comes this observation:
“What was going on in Baltimore is going on right now in every city in America,” said Dr. Steven Nissen, chief of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, who said he routinely treats patients who have been given multiple unneeded stents. “We’re spending a fortune as a country on procedures that people don’t need.”
And, an NPR report about osteopenia - How a bone disease grew to fit the prescription.
These types of reports assist with my own personal health, fitness, and wellness objectives ... to be as healthy as possible. Thus, other than an annual physical, I hope to stay away from doctors and hospitals. My prescription for that is healthy eating with a good dose of exercise. So far, so good.