In Survey, Doctors Report Providing “Too Much Care”

According to a new survey, nearly half of primary care physicians believe that their patients are “receiving too much care;” mostly in the form of unnecessary tests and referrals to specialists. More than one-quarter of these doctors believe that they themselves are practicing too aggressively, and they tend to blame the fear of malpractice suits for their actions. Meanwhile, when asked about their colleagues; including nurse practitioners and medical sub-specialists like cardiologists, allergists, gastroenterologists, etc., the surveyed doctors indicated that financial incentives were most likely driving over-treatment.

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