Is Defensive Medicine Always Bad?

The results of a Pennsylvania study were recently released and the outcomes are of importance to both patients and the medical community.  According to the study which followed 72 orthopedic surgeons in Pennsylvania, approximately 20% of tests were done “for defensive reasons.”  In other words, the tests were done because the doctors feared that the patient would ask questions and they feared being sued if their diagnosis was wrong.

While there is much talk about the cost of these extra tests and even the amounts of radiation used in the tests, there is little talk about whether a doctor’s diagnosis changed after ordering the tests.   What may have started as defensive medicine may have ended as a better diagnosis. 

If your doctor has failed to order the necessary tests to make an accurate diagnosis of your condition, please contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer to discuss your rights and potential recovery.