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Physicians attribute 26 percent of healthcare costs to defensive medicine

According to a new study released by Gallup and Jackson Healthcare, physicians attribute 26 percent of overall healthcare costs to the practice of defensive medicine. Among survey findings:

  • While physicians attribute an average of 26 percent of overall costs to defensive medicine, 13 percent believe the practice constitutes 50 percent or more of the cost.
  • 73% agreed that they had practiced some form of defensive medicine in the past 12 months.
  • 23% of practicing physicians estimate that defensive medicine constitutes less than 10 percent of their practice while 29% estimate the percentage to be between 10 percent and less than 25 percent.
  • Physicians indicating they had practiced a form of defensive medicine in the last twelve months attribute 21 percent of their practice to be defensive in nature.

Source: Jackson Healthcare, February 19, 2010. “New Gallup poll quantifies U.S. physician opinions on the scope of defensive medicine practices.”


February 24, 2010 - Posted by | healthcare, Overuse | , ,

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