Can defensive medicine ever be stopped?

In a blog post, Skeptical Scalpel highlights the problem of defensive or "C.Y.A." medicine, indicating that a massive cultural shift of patient expectations and modelling of appropriate (rather than defensive) care practices by physicians is necessary.

assumptions made by some analysts that defensive medicine is not an important facet of the high cost of health care may be wrong. . .

about 2/3 of doctors in both the low and high risk states admitted to practicing defensive medicine.

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