The next five years will be a critical, unprecedented era for U.S. health care, wrote UTMB’s Dr. Howard Brody. “Key decisions will be made that will steer health reform toward either the fondest hopes of its supporters, or the worst disasters forecast by its foes. All of us will have to be smart citizens and voters to steer these decisions in the best possible direction. … When experts drill down into the medical tests and treatments administered to a typical group of patients, they generally find more or less the same thing — that about a third of the tests and treatments are unnecessary and do not contribute to the person’s better health.”