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Fear of lawsuits leads to the overtreatment of patients

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According to a survey published by the Archives of Internal Medicine, 90 percent of doctors admitted that they overtreat and overtest patients for fear of medical malpractice lawsuits.

This survey stems from a recent story in the Associated Press that states similar issues. The survey included surgeons, specialists, and primary care doctors.

The survey asked 1,231 doctors whether they order more procedures to be done on patients for fear of a malpractice lawsuit occurring later or and if they thought that protection against unwarranted lawsuits was needed to end the problem of overtesting. Nine out of 10 doctors said yes to both those questions.

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