Do the uninsured present a higher liability risk?

By David E. Attarian, MD

Within the context of the current medical malpractice crisis, one approach to managing risk and reducing potential liability is to practice negative defensive medicine.

In this approach, a physician would attempt to identify categories of patients and/or conditions that are perceived to present an increased risk of litigation and to avoid treating those patients.1 Although the uninsured, the indigent, and the elderly have been “type-cast” in this way, the available literature does not seem to support this assumption.2-5

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