Medical Malpractice News

13Feb, 2014

Defensive Medicine: Are Patient Compensation Systems the Answer?

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In this series we are looking at defensive medicine, or “the practice of ordering medical tests, procedures, or consultations of doubtful clinical value in order to protect the prescribing physician from malpractice suits.” In our last post we considered the cost of defensive medicine and the most commonly proposed solution, tort reform. With surveys showing that 70% to upwards of 90% of doctors report practicing defensive medicine and a price tag estimated to be somewhere in the $650 – $850 billion range it’s clearly a major issue for the health […]