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What portion of doctors say they engage in "defensive medicine" by providing unnecessary medical care to reduce the risk of lawsuits or by avoiding legally risky patients and procedures?

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A national scientific 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 years. This result has a margin of sampling error of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points with 95% confidence. On average, the physicians who practiced defensive medicine estimated that 21% of their practice was defensive in nature.

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