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Justinian Lane

Great Op-Ed on Malpractice Reform

I liked this one.

Washington lawmakers who advocate for medical malpractice reform assume they know what goes on in doctors' offices. They say physicians order unnecessary tests because they fear being sued. So-called "defensive medicine" drives up health spending, the argument goes.

They don't acknowledge many doctors order tests because they're trying to do a thorough job with patients. They rarely mention too much testing is a result of this country's "fee for service" system of paying doctors. The more care they provide, the more they bill.

Source: Malpractice reform rests on thin evidence | The Des Moines Register | DesMoinesRegister.com

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Posted at 1:15 PM, Feb 08, 2011 in Medical Malpractice
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