“Every word that I write on every form is crafted with the idea that a malpractice attorney will challenge me to defend my practice.”
Just one of the quotes in the survey about defensive medicine published by Jackson Healthcare.
The survey of more than 3000 physicians showed that 92% admitted practicing defensive medicine and that, based on physician responses, the annual estimated cost of defensive medicine in the US each year is $650 billion to $850 billion – accounting for $1 out of every $4 spent on US health care.
You probably shouldn’t believe any of the statistics or quotes from physicians in the survey, though. Trial lawyers have a much better idea about why physicians order so many tests and why defensive medicine has no impact on the availability of health care in our system.