Defensive Medicine: NOW It’s an Issue

From AP, “Study: Malpractice worries help drive health costs“:

NEW YORK — A substantial number of heart doctors — about one in four — say they order medical tests that might not be needed out of fear of getting sued, according to a new study.

Nearly 600 doctors were surveyed for the study to determine how aggressively they treat their patients and whether non-medical issues have influenced their decisions to order invasive heart tests.

Most said they weren’t swayed by such things as financial gain or a patient’s expectations. But about 24 percent of the doctors said they had recommended the test in the previous year because they were worried about malpractice lawsuits.

That would be a good issue to address in federal health care legislation, don’t you think?

Hat tip: Bob McCarty Writes

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