There was an interesting survey of more than 1,200 doctors across the country (both primary care and specialists) published recently in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Nine out of ten doctors agreed that doctors regularly order too many tests and overtreat to protect themselves from malpractice lawsuits. The study did not ask doctors if they personally practiced so-called defensive medicine.
Overtreatment is estimated to cost the U.S. health care system billions of dollars each year.
As patients we have the right to question every test and procedure to protect our own health, and our wallets.