A 2002 Harris Interactive survey found that 83% of physicians didn’t trust the current medical justice system to reach reasonable results. Because of this distrust, tests and procedures are ordered to provide a defense in case of a lawsuit. Establishing reliable health courts with an expert judge—not a jury—to decide cases based on best medical practice is one way to stop “defensive medicine” practices. Moving away from the fee-for-service model to an accountable health care organization system is another suggesting is another suggestion to fix health care in the U.S. Providers would be paid a fixed annual price to do everything for a patient outside of catastrophic care. Providers would then have an incentive to push patients toward healthier lifestyles.
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