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Researchers peg malpractice costs at over $55 billion
Modern Healthcare

Medical malpractice costs average about $55.6 billion annually, or 2.4% of annual healthcare spending, according to a new Health Affairs analysis.

The estimate includes defensive-medicine activities, such as ordering tests or treatments physicians in order to avoid lawsuits, which alone costs an estimated $45.6 billion per year, the study found.

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