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On any given day, thousands of patients seek medical help from doctors who then order more tests and procedures than are medically necessary.
It’s not that the tests help with the diagnosis or assist with treatment. The doctor orders these MRIs, X-rays, CT scans and blood work, for example, solely to keep from being sued.
Gallup says one in four health care dollars spent in American can be attributed to these unnecessary procedures. In Georgia, the cost of defensive medicine is estimated to be about $13.25 billion annually.