Defensive Medicine Is Better for Protecting Doctors from Malpractice Suits Than at Protecting Patients’ Health

What Five Easy Theses says about defensive medicine: You are paying a great deal more than you should for defensive medicine and for all the extra testing and treatment it inspires. —Five Easy Theses

Defensive medicine in action: Doctors practicing defensive medicine will order extra tests and procedures, believing this will ward off malpractice suits. Researchers found that the more a hospital billed, the less likely the doctor was to be sued.The New York Times