Overdiagnosis adds to carbon footprint, Aussie experts warn

Tackling overdiagnosis takes on a new urgency with its impact on climate emergency, say University of Sydney experts

Overdiagnosis not only wastes money and undermines health, but also contributes significantly to medicine’s carbon footprint, Australian public health and critical care experts argue.

Reducing overdiagnosis and the overtreatment that follows is an untapped “reservoir of potential” to cut health's carbon emissions, the University of Sydney academics say.

Writing in the BMJ last week, epidemiologist Alexandra Barratt and anaesthetist and intensivist Associate Professor Forbes McGain warned that while a growing list of