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More Hospital Charges, Fewer Malpractice Suits

going into a CT scan machine
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Recent studies indicate that doctors may be ordering unnecessary tests, including CT scans, in order to reduce their risk of being sued for malpractice.

Why do doctors order tests that might not be medically necessary? Defensive medicine. They're often trying not to miss a diagnosis or get sued.

KPCC's Rebecca Plevin connects the dots on several surveys, the latest showing doctors with higher hospital charges, including for tests, are less likely to get sued for malpractice.

That finding poses a challenge for policymakers wanting doctors to rein in costs.

Does defensive medicine mean fewer malpractice suits?