A new study sheds light on another significant, and most likely,unnecessary, expense to Medicare.

Not only are doctors conducting tests on elderly patientsthat they don’t need, but they’re also giving them expensive medications thatwon’t make much of a difference in the face of terminalillnesses.

The study, published in the journal Medical Care, found thatjust over half of Medicare patients over the age of 75 withadvanced colon cancer were being prescribed three or more drugs totreat the illness.

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