Medical malpractice litigation apparently has taken control away from the way doctors manage their practices.
An Atlanta-based Jackson health care survey showed that seventy-four percent of physicians believe they have less control over the way they practice medicine than they did five years ago.
Other factors affecting control included insurance and government interference.
Still, 85 percent said the threat of medical malpractice litigation is the primary hindrance to practicing as they see fit.
“We found that regardless of a physician’s political affiliation, the respondents attributed the practice of defensive medicine to excessive waste in the health care system,” said Jackson CEO Rick Jackson.
The survey also found:
The web survey sampled 1,978 physicians across America in major medical and surgical specialties.