an earlier post complained about a measly $176 billion cost to consumers/shareholders... BUT a bigger number is the $600 billion in Defensive medicine defined as providing medical services that are not expected to benefit the patient but that are undertaken to minimize the risk of a subsequent lawsuit. FACTS: Emergency room physicians practice Defensive medicine.. 1) More than half (53 percent) of emergency physicians reported that fear of lawsuits is the main reason for ordering the number of tests they do. Emergency Visits Are Increasing, New Poll Finds; Many Patients Referred by Primary Care Doctors 2) Nine out of 10 physicians reported practicing defensive medicine. Estimate Defensive Medicine Costs Americans $650-850 Billion Annually Doctors Practice Medicine in Fear, New Study Finds ALL because ambulance chasing, Democrat donor $100 billion a year lawyers are the cause of the $600 billion in unnecessary defensive medical services!