Medical Malpractice Leader Tackles Practice of Defensive Medicine

Napa, California—March 17, 2016—Defensive medicine is the focus of a groundbreaking video series launched today featuring Richard E. Anderson, MD, chairman and chief executive officer of The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer.

“To significantly reduce the practice of defensive medicine, it is imperative that the healthcare community, our nation’s legislators, and the judicial community understand the inherent cause,” Dr. Anderson said. “In the U.S., medical standards of care have been replaced by medical/legal standards of care. In many cases, doctors feel compelled to order certain tests or procedures because of the threat of legal action, not because they can be expected to provide better outcomes. Good medicine is not defensive medicine and defensive medicine is not good medicine.”

The series of eight videos, “The State of Defensive Medicine,” was produced by the Internet television program Healthcare Matters, created with support from Cunningham Group, the nation’s largest independent agency representing medical malpractice insurance products. Michael Matray, editor of Medical Liability Monitor, is the show’s moderator.

“We are extremely proud to feature Dr. Richard Anderson on our program that explores the intersection of medicine and the law,” said Erik Leander, CTO of Cunningham Group and executive producer of Healthcare Matters. “Dr. Anderson is a renowned expert on defensive medicine as former practicing senior oncologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital, a medical malpractice industry leader, and a sought-after author and speaker on this topic.”

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