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Fibbing to insurers | (UPI) -- A survey of prospective jurors finds 1 in 4 people preparing to hear the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth have no objection to a doctor lying to an insurance company. The study is found in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Medical researchers surveying 700 prospective jurors found 26 percent believed a physician should mislead an insurance company to persuade it to pay for medical care.

"Both patients and doctors resent restrictions," says study author Dr. Caleb Alexander of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Chicago. "Our study suggests that this backlash against managed care has led to considerable public support for physician 'gaming' to gain access to needed care."

Earlier studies found physicians, frustrated by insurance companies, are willing to misrepresent clinical facts to get patients the care they need.

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