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Defensive medicine is a major issue of contemporary relevance to the US health care system today. The saying “better safe than sorry” is not always relevant especially in the case of putting patients health at risk. Physicians participate in this unlawful practice for two major reasons. One is to prevent themselves from the possibility of being involved in a lawsuit where they would be sued for undertreating a patients condition and the other major reason is to make profit. In order fully understand what defensive medicine is, background information will be provided, statistics will be shown to prove the relevance of the topic and additional effects and ways to try and prevent the practice of defensive medicine will be stated.
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