Thursday, February 25, 2010

Defensive Medicine Not the Most Likely Culprit in Malpractice Premium Increases


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Seventy-three percent of physicians say they have practiced defensive medicine in the past 12 months. But it may not be the scourge of the health care system some people want us to believe it is. Other researchers have determined that it is not malpractice awards causing increased medical malpractice premiums and that:
"The strongest effect of greater malpractice pressure is in increased use of imaging services, with somewhat smaller effects on the use of other discretionary, generally low-risk services such as physician visits and consultations, use of diagnostic tests and minor procedures."
Sources:
Doctors: 21 Percent of Medicine Defensive
Defensive Medicine & Disappearing Doctors

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