Reasons why doctors practice defensive medicine

Here’s a simple chart that sums it all up. Apologies for the small type.

defensive medicine

As The Happy Hospitalist writes, “Some doctors and patients may be willing to experience some anxiety for the unknown. But most won’t, especially since neither party is directly paying for the testing. This selfish interest is rooted in moral hazard, at the expense of national economic security.”

And the bottom line today practice climate is, for doctors, always be in the top row.