Defensive medicine starts at the top in United States

May 2010
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;5/18/2010, Vol. 182 Issue 8, pE335
Academic Journal
The article offers information on how the U.S. spends unnecessarily on medical tests due to defensive medicine. It highlights the tests done during the regular check up of U.S. President Barack Obama, which were not required in a regular check up. The growing defensive medicine is due to the physician's fear of getting sued, which has become a trend in the U.S. According to the American Medical Association, defensive medicine increases the U.S. health care cost up to 84 billion dollars.


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