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How to Reduce the Risk of Medical Malpractice

It would seem pretty obvious that there would be some correlation between doctors ordering more tests and being sued for medical malpractice less often, but until earlier this month, there has been no evidence to truly solidify that assumption. A new study done by researchers from USC, Harvard and Stanford has confirmed that spending more money per patient on tests will substantially reduce the risk of medical malpractice. The Cost of Healthcare The study points out another flaw in the effort to reform American healthcare. “More and more we are relying on physicians to help eliminate wasteful spending in health care. However, if physicians perceive that lowering spending will subject them to greater malpractice risk, it will be that much harder to move the needle on health care spending,” said Seth Seabury, one of the USC researchers. Despite the obvious advantages of spending more money per patient, practicing what physicians…
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