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Cost of Medical Malpractice Tops $55 Billion a Year in the U.S.

"Physician and insurer groups like to collapse all conversations about cost growth in health care to malpractice REFORM, while their opponents trivialize the role of defensive medicine..."

Researchers said their estimate of of medical malpractice in the United States is $55.6 billion a year and they estimate that $45.6 billion of that is defensive medicine costs - when doctors prescribe unnecessary tests or treatments to avoid lawsuits.


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