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Many docs feel they’re delivering too much care

The Wall Street Journal, September 27, 2011

Your doctor may secretly think you're making too many office visits and getting too many drugs and tests. A survey of primary-care doctors conducted in 2009 finds that 42% of the 627 respondents believed the patients in their own practice were getting too much care. Just 6% of doctors believed their patients were getting too little care. (The rest thought the level of care was just right.) And 28% of the doctors thought they themselves were practicing more aggressively than they would prefer to. The response rate to the mailed survey was 70%, suggesting this is a topic of interest for doctors — as well as for a health-care system struggling to control costs while helping to improve people's health. The survey, the results of which were published in the latest Archives of Internal Medicine, found 76% of doctors blamed malpractice worries for their over-aggressive care.