Malpractice fears raise costs and breed inefficiency, doctors say
Eighty-five percent of doctors surveyed said that malpractice litigation was a constant worry that impinged on their effectiveness.
In a survey of American physicians released late last week, Jackson Healthcare reported that malpractice litigation keeps doctors from practicing medicine efficiently.
Because of litigation fears, doctors must practice “defensive medicine” by ordering frivolous tests. “Respondents attributed the practice of defensive medicine to excessive waste in the health care system,” noted Jackson Healthcare CEO Rick Jackson. Much attention has been focused on the spiraling costs of care in the health care reform debate.
The doctors in Jackson’s survey suggested that they are in favor of reform, particularly within the health insurance industry. Seventy-eight percent of respondents would like to see dropped coverage and pre-existing condition refusals eliminated. Health insurance portability was also popular, results show.
A majority of doctors – 61 percent – support the provision of credits to individuals who opt out of their employer’s health insurance plan. Credits would help people buy insurance on the open market. And 54 percent of doctors like the idea of an insurance exchange to promote health insurance competition.
Learn how easy and convenient shopping for health insurance can be. Get your free health insurance quotes today!
Posted: November 12, 2009
Related Health Insurance Articles
- Consumers uninformed about health insurance, survey says November 11, 2009
- Veterans without health insurance are more likely to die, study says November 10, 2009
- IBM paying for more health insurance in wellness initiative November 9, 2009
- Health insurance complicates health care delivery, survey shows November 6, 2009
- Health insurance a significant expense for college students November 6, 2009
- Reducing pollution may lead to lower health care costs November 5, 2009
- Rate reviews added to House health insurance bill November 4, 2009
- Children without health insurance have greater risk of dying, study says November 2, 2009
- Pros, cons of health insurance reform for young people October 30, 2009
- Small businesses bear the brunt of insurance cost increases October 29, 2009