Problem

False optimism about illness

Other Names:
Unwarranted faith in surgical cures
Nature:

Americans generally hold the unwarranted attitude that most illness is curable, and this encourages expensive surgery when there is little reason to expect it to aid survival. Much cheaper psychological services which have been shown to help people with chronic progressive illness live longer by improving their outlook on life are not usually the main suggested form of treatment and often are not covered by medical insurance.

Claim:

There are 3 times as many depressed in-patients and twice as many depressed out-patients as there are depressed people in the general population.

Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Date of last update
21.12.2017 – 17:16 CET