Avoidance of malpractice exposure makes up the biggest chunk of US healthcare waste: http://ping.fm/ckoRV
EDIT: …which begs the question, why has tort reform so far been a “Republican” proposal that the Democrats have fought including in healthcare reform bills? Seems like reducing something that makes up 37% of waste should be higher priority than e.g. moving away from paper records, which only accounts for 6%.
EDIT 2: Not actually trying to troll; I’m honestly curious why tort reform has been unpopular on the Dem side. Is it the trial lawyer lobby?