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Doctors Over-Prescribing Medical Tests

Steve Wagner

Doctors across the country are struggling with a balance of over-prescribing tests and a significant fear of malpractice lawsuits. For many, the risk of putting patients through the ringer, and requiring them to undergo numerous tests is a smaller risk than that of their insurance increasing or dropping them as a result of a potential lawsuit.

The over-prescription of routine testing can lead to additional problems for many patients. For example, patients who are over-exposed to radiation as a result of repeated MRI’s, X-rays, mammograms, CT scans, or other types of imaging can have severe complications, and even suffer from more extreme problems than they originally had as a result of the testing. The over-prescription of antibiotics can also damage the health of patients, causing increased allergies and autoimmune complications.

In a recent study, 72% of doctors admitted to prescribing completely unnecessary tests or procedures at least once per week out of the fear of a lawsuit. On the other side of the fence, we can’t count the number of cases we see each year that occur as a result of doctors and medical staff overlooking or missing problems because of negligence.

Has your doctor neglected to diagnose your illness due to lack of medical tests? Or perhaps you have suffered adverse complications as a result of over-testing and unnecessary procedures? If so, our medical malpractice lawyer Jason Reese can assist you with your recovery and help you get the compensation you deserve as the result of your suffering. Call our office today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.

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