Dr. Anupam B. Jena, a Harvard professor and colleague of mine at PHE, has an interesting interview at the Cunningham Group. Dr. Jena discusses his study published in BMJ, which finds that higher resource use by physicians is associated with fewer malpractice claims. In other words, defensive medicine “works” for physicians even if it may not be optimal for the health system as a whole.
- Jena, A.B., Schoemaker, L., Bhattacharya, J. and Seabury, S.A., 2015. Physician spending and subsequent risk of malpractice claims: observational study.