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Poor people are less likely to sue their doctor than patients with more money are, a new study shows.

This finding may come as a surprise to many physicians who think otherwise due to an “unconscious bias” they have against low-income patients, according to study author Dr. Ramon Jimenez, of the Monterey Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Institute in California, and colleagues. The researchers added that this kind of stereotype could make some doctors less willing to treat poor patients or lead them to care for their low-income patients differently.

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