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Are attorneys part of the problem?

Study: Malpractice worries help drive health costs

NEW YORK – A substantial number of heart doctors — about one in four — say they order medical tests that might not be needed out of fear of getting sued, according to a new study.

Nearly 600 doctors were surveyed for the study to determine how aggressively they treat their patients and whether non-medical issues have influenced their decisions to order invasive heart tests.

Most said they weren't swayed by such things as financial gain or a patient's expectations. But about 24 percent of the doctors said they had recommended the test in the previous year because they were worried about malpractice lawsuits. About 27 percent said they did it because they thought their colleagues would do the test.


Asked by Anonymous at 2:39 PM on Apr. 14, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (11)
  • Yes, attorneys are part of the problem. The other part is patients with highly unreasonable expectations. One I will never forget is a woman who sued her OB/GYN because she got stretch marks while she was pregnant. We really must do something with tort reform if we want to bring down the costs of health care. I have to wonder now that the bill has passed, and we have (or soon will have) Obamacare. If the gov says the doc cant do this, or MUST do that, and something bad happens as a result, who would the patient sue, the doctor (who followed the orders of the gov) or the government (who doesn't know squat about health care in the first place).

    Answer by 29again at 3:46 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • I'd say that people who are looking to make a quick buck by suing are largest part of the problem.


    Answer by DusterMommy at 2:45 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • are *the* largest part...

    Answer by DusterMommy at 2:45 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • there are some a$$ hole attnys out there... but there are a ton of sue happy clients too.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:48 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • Ambulance chasing lawyers run ads on TV encouraging people to sue for every little thing. We really need tort reform. Most attorneys are sleaze.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:53 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • I would say they are a part of the problem and since so many in Congress are attorney's they will never do anything about it.

    Answer by momtolucas2002 at 3:08 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • The attorneys in Congress are part of the problem. Apparently they think attorneys deserve to make a living, but not anyone in the medical profession.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:12 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • no crap....

    Answer by hobbitswife04 at 3:17 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • Excellent point, 29. If Medicare refuses to cover a test, so the doctor doesn't order it, are you going to sue the doctor or Medicare? There are many procedures and medications that aren't covered by Medicare or Medicaid in order for them to hold costs down.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 3:52 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • See what you can learn from Lynnerd Skynnerd??? That is who originally raised that point, I just thought it was a good one!

    Answer by 29again at 5:25 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

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