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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Study Calls Into Question Amount of Defensive Medicine

AboutLawsuits.com is reporting a study questioning the amount of defensive medicine in the health care system:

In a study published earlier this month by the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers working with Veterans Affairs hospitals indicate that doctors at the government-run medical centers, who are generally shielded from the effects of most malpractice lawsuits, request just as many unnecessary medical tests as their peers in the private sector, who are far more vulnerable to lawsuits. 

The study was based on the number of times a doctor requested a myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) test without sufficient justification.  The article is here, but I don't have access to the study itself.

--CJR

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