Do Threats of Malpractice Suits Improve Patient Care?

Do Threats of Malpractice Suits Improve Patient Care?

The purpose of the United States medical malpractice system is to deter physician negligence, but is this always the case?

A recent study by the American College of Surgeons seems to disagree. In fact, they found that state-to-state there was no direct correlation with the strength of legislation and improvement on patient outcomes.

Furthermore, studies found that stricter legislation could even lead to greater instances of defensive medicine practices, resulting in unnecessary tests and treatments ordered simply to minimize the risk of malpractice.

So what is the solution to improving patient outcomes while avoiding malpractice? Unfortunately the answer is not so clear.

Read more about this at Interim Physicians.

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