Defensive Medicine is Alive and Well

A November 2008 study by the Massachusetts Medical Society found that 83% of its doctors practice defensive medicine at a cost of at least $1.4 billion a year. Here's a chart:

Defensive Medicine Chart

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  1. Joe S. says:

    Does anybody want to argue that malpractice is not a problem? Case closed.

  2. Larry C. says:

    Previous estimates are that the malpractice system adds 10% to the nation’s health bill. This survey suggests to me that the real cost is higher than that.