Poll: Fear of Lawsuits Drives Number of Tests Ordered for 44% of Emergency Physicians
Sandra Schneider, MD, president of ACEP, said medical liability reform will not only help reduce costs of defensive medicine — sitting at approximately $60 billion to $151 billion per year — but may also help increase the number of specialists willing to take on-calls in hospital emergency departments.
The ACEP poll also reveals the second-largest challenge to cutting costs, according to 19.8 percent of respondents, is the increase in uninsured patients because physicians are unwilling to treat them.
Read the ACEP news release about medical liability reform.
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