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May 6, 2014

Health Care Costs, Defensive Medicine and the Need for Legal Reform

The U.S. Chamber’s Sean Hackbarth references last week’s report that health care spending increased sharply to discuss the need for meaningful medical lawsuit reform.

Lack of such reform, Hackbarth writes, leads to defensive medicine that results in “unnecessary medical procedures and tests.”

“Doctors estimate that 26% of health care costs are due to defensive medicine, according to a 2010 Gallup poll,” writes Hackbarth. “In addition, an April 2014 Jackson Healthcare survey found that 94% of hospital administrators believe defensive medicine adds to health care costs.”

He also references 2013 U.S. Chamber Health Care Solutions Council report which states, “The medical liability system must be reformed to give health care providers more support in delivering high-value care. Current liability laws often encourage overtreatment and can reduce access to needed specialty services instead of supporting high-value care.”

Medical liability reform can help reduce these unnecessary tests and procedures that don’t help patients, but which lead to higher health care costs for all Americans.

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