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Gallup poll quantifies U.S. physician opinions on the scope of defensive medicine

Jackson Healthcare, February 25, 2010

Physicians attribute 26% of overall healthcare costs to the practice of defensive medicine, according to a study released by Gallup and Jackson Healthcare. Of the physicians surveyed, 73% agreed that they had practiced some form of defensive medicine in the past 12 months. Twenty-three percent of practicing physicians estimate that defensive medicine constitutes less than 10% of their practice while 29% estimate the percentage to be between 10% and less than 25%.