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9 in 10 docs blame lawsuit fears for overtesting

Posted on Jul 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

Defensive medicine is estimated to cost the U.S. billions each year by LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer updated 6/28/2010 4:27:23 PM ET CHICAGO — Ninety percent of physicians surveyed said doctors overtest and overtreat to protect themselves from malpractice lawsuits. That sentiment is more common among male doctors than female doctors, according to the survey published Monday in Archives of Internal Medicine. The findings echo a recent Associated Press story in which many emergency room doctors said lawsuit fears are the main reason for overtreating in the ER. The Archives survey of 1,231...

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