Defensive medicine is the practice of providing unneeded medical care "solely for reducing liability risk to the physician" or "avoiding high-risk patients or procedures." What portion of doctors say they engage in defensive medicine?
A nationwide survey of 462 physicians conducted in 2009/2010 by Gallup and Jackson Healthcare found that 73% of doctors engaged in some form of defensive medicine over the previous 12 months. On average, the physicians who practiced defensive medicine estimated that 21% percent of their practice was defensive in nature.
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