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Doctors who spend more on patients face lower malpractice claim risk
USC Annenberg

Physicians who spend more money and resources conducting tests and procedures for patients are less likely to be sued for malpractice, according to a new study that indicates “defensive medicine” may work. Published Nov. 4 by The BMJ, the study by researchers at USC, Harvard University and Stanford University noted that doctors in surveys worldwide said they practice defensive medicine — doing more for patients because they believe it reduces liability risk. The study affirms this widely held assumption, tying higher spending to lower malpractice claim rates through an analysis of Florida physician and claims data.