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defensive medicine

the practice by a physician of ordering many tests or consultations as a means of self-protection against charges of malpractice in the event of an unfavorable outcome of treatment.
Origin of defensive medicine
1965-70 Unabridged
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  • Two main reasons are greed and defensive medicine to avoid being accused of missing something.
  • If there is a macro effect, it is almost certainly because of defensive medicine--unnecessary tests ordered because of lawsuits.
  • Overhaul regulatory and liability structures so that providers can focus on care, not compliance and defensive medicine.
  • And many physicians do practice defensive medicine and order unnecessary tests to protect themselves.
  • Too many of our nation's physicians are practicing defensive medicine out of fear of potential lawsuits.
  • Lawsuit reform is an important element in healthcare reform to decrease the cost of defensive medicine.
British Dictionary definitions for defensive medicine

defensive medicine

the practice by a doctor of ordering extensive, often unnecessary tests in order to minimize liability if accused of negligence
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defensive medicine in Medicine

defensive medicine n.
Diagnostic or therapeutic measures conducted primarily as a safeguard against possible malpractice liability.

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