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.

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World English Dictionary
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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Medical Dictionary

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

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Example sentences
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.
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