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Doctors Relying on Additional Tests to Avoid Errors

  Alan Fuchsberg  |  November 20, 2015  |  

Putting your life in the hands of a physician is something that many people do every year. You have a general expectation of getting good care and you expect to get better after treatment and surgery. Sometimes, though, the opposite happens, and you are on heavy medication because the doctor made a mistake. The best thing a doctor can do is to ensure that all tests and treatments are tried and true and done properly. Unnecessary medical testing can cause anxiety and waste time and money.

A study was done recently has found that American doctors have a lower chance of having a malpractice suit filed against them if they order more tests and different treatments for their patients. The effort that they put into making patients well also has a positive effect on preventing them from getting into trouble legally.

Malpractice Concerns May Lead to Unnecessary Medical Testing

The study breakdown was based on 4,300 malpractice claims. There was 2.8 percent per doctor per year. The rate was less than two percent for pediatric physicians and over four percent for general surgery, obstetrics, and gynecology.

Defensive medicine is the “new normal” for all doctors, changing the face of the standard of care. Doctors may be ordering care specifically to decrease the risk of having a suit filed against them, and not necessarily to improve treatment. Sad, but true. How many times have you gone to your general practitioner, only to be referred to a specialist that you don’t think is necessary? It happens more often now than it did in the past.

If you or a loved one have suffered because of poor or misguided care from a doctor, you may have a civil suit to file. Calling in a legal representative, an attorney, who knows the ins and outs of the laws of New York that pertain to this subject can be a good idea. We invite you to contact our law office to explore your options.

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