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What portion of doctors say that they engage in defensive medicine? (Defensive medicine is the practice of providing unnecessary medical care to reduce the risk of lawsuits or avoiding legally risky patients and procedures.)

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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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