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What's the Cost of Defensive Medicine?
Date:2/24/2010

The practice of defensive medicine adds considerable costs to the already-strained U.S. health care system.

(Vocus) February 25, 2010 -- Within the ongoing debate on health care reform, one item of discussion is usually overlooked: the cost of defensive medicine. As more patients sue for medical malpractice and receive larger settlements, many practicing physicians are forced out of necessity to spend more time performing procedures and ordering tests to defend themselves from possible future litigation. This defensive measure adds considerable costs to the already-strained U.S. health care system.

Just how widespread is defensive medicine? A telephone poll conducted by Gallup and commissioned by Jackson Healthcare (Jackson & Coker’s parent company) addressed this question to over 460 physicians, revealing some interesting findings. Here’s a link to the poll results: http://www.jacksonhealthcare.com/online-media-room/press-releases/gallup-defensive-medicine-release.aspx.

On February 22, 2010, Richard L. (Rick) Jackson, CEO of Jackson Healthcare, discussed the poll results in a forum at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. entitled “The Human and Economic Cost of Defensive Medicine.” Other forum participants included
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