Physicians don’t trust the malpractice system and why doctors order too many tests

I’ve wrote an op-ed in the USA Today this past April about how defensive medicine wastes medical dollars.

Today, the editorial staff takes on the issue themselves, with a fierce piece decrying the current malpractice system as “arbitrary, inefficient and results in years of delay.”

The recent Massachusetts Medical Society’s study on defensive medicine was prominently included, as it was reported that “83% of its doctors practice defensive medicine at a cost of at least $1.4 billion a year. Nationally, the cost is $60 billion-plus, according to the Health and Human Services Department.”

Bravo to the USA Today for taking a strong, and I believe correct, stand on malpractice and defensive medicine. It has to be acknowledged and solved head-on if there is any hope of controlling health care costs.

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