1. American Medical Malpractice Liability and Health Care Costs. 2. Medical Behavioural Changes and their Ramifications. 3. Several solutions under Discussion. 4. Conclusion.
This article presents straight forward considerations on the relationship between medical liability in the United States, medical behaviours it incentivizes —with a focus on defensive medicine— and health care costs. First, we present ways in which medical liability contributes to increased health care costs; second, we look at how this influences physicians’ behaviours and what consequences this implicates for health care in the United States; third, we talk about specific solutions under consideration; finally, we sum it up. 1