Most Docs Think Colleagues Order Unnecessary Care

According to a new study, seventy-five percent of doctors believe their colleagues order at least one unnecessary test or procedure a week. When doctors were asked why they order extraneous test or procedures, 52 percent said malpractice concerns, 36 percent said they ordered them to be extra-cautious, 30 percent said to get more information to reassure themselves, 28 percent said their patients insisted on the test or procedure, 13 percent wanted to leave the final decision up to their patients, and 5 percent said it was because of the the fee-for-service system.

Most doctors agree that the most practical solutions to solving the problem of unnecessary care is having more time to discuss alternatives with patients and altering the payment system.

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