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New Gallup Poll Quantifies U.S. Physician Opinions on the Scope of Defensive Medicine Practices
Date:2/19/2010

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Physicians attribute 26 percent of overall healthcare costs to the practice of defensive medicine according to a study released today by Gallup and Jackson Healthcare.

Physicians generally estimate that defensive medicine costs are higher overall when compared to their own personal practice. 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.

Of the physicians surveyed, 73 percent agreed that they had practiced some form of defensive medicine in the past 12 months. Twenty-three percent of practicing physicians estimate that defen
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