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Ga. group offers way to curb health care costs - The Augusta Chronicle

September 22, 2012

ATLANTA ­- An effort to lower medical costs that would change the way patients are compensated in malpractice cases is gaining traction among Georgia conservatives.

A Gallup survey this summer found that 26 percent of all health care spending in Georgia is on unnecessary tests.

The state's doctors ring up $15 billion annually in avoidable costs, mostly in efforts to create evidence in case they are sued. Just in the state's Medicaid program, that amounts to $4 billion of expenses passed along to taxpayers every year, according to BioScience Valuation in a study sponsored by the Atlanta-based advocacy group Patients for Fair Compensation.

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