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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