Doctors have long claimed that rising medical malpractice premiums have impacted their practices. Some have explained the ordering tests that are seen as unnecessary and expensive is a way for doctors to practice “defensive medicine” and shield themselves from potential malpractice claims. But a new study finds that may not be true.
The study was conducted by the RAND Corporation, which is a nonprofit research organization. They looked at three states that had enacted malpractice reform legislation that makes it harder for patients to sue doctors. Those states are Georgia, South Carolina and Texas.