Does Defensive Medicine “Work”?

Defensive medicine is a difficult problem to pin down. Though the majority of physicians report practicing defensive medicine when surveyed, it is difficult to determine the true scale of the issue and its influence on the healthcare system. Join us on Healthcare Matters as we sit down with Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD to discuss the study Physician spending and subsequent risk of malpractice claims: observational study, which was published last November in The BMJ. In the first part of our interview with Dr. Jena, the study’s lead author, he explains that he and his co-authors set out to answer the question of whether or not physicians who ordered more tests and procedures as compared to other physicians were less likely to be sued for medical malpractice.

A medical doctor and economist, Dr. Jena is Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy and Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an assistant physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. His research areas include medical malpractice, the economics of medical innovation and cost effectiveness, geographic variation in medical care and insurance benefit design.

See Part I of our wide-ranging interview with Dr. Jena below, or watch the entire program here.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*

You may also like

Legislative panel approves medical malpractice bill
Read more
Urgent-care centers: Illinois numbers grow as time-pressed families seek low-cost option to ERs
Read more
Global Center for Medical Innovation launches
Read more

Recent Posts

California Healthcare Providers, Trial Attorneys, Legislators Reach Deal to Increase MICRA Cap

Corporate Acquisitions Accelerating Surge in Employed Physicians

AM Best Maintains Negative Outlook for MPL Segment in 2022, Cites Rising Loss Costs, Increasing Severity, Diminished Reserves

Popular Posts

PIAA 2017: Current Trends & Future Concerns

2022 Medical Malpractice Insurance Rates: What the data tells us

Global Center for Medical Innovation launches

Start Your Custom Quote Process™

Request a free quote