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Malpractice Payments at All-Time Low?

Malpractice Payments at All-Time Low?
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A report from Public Citizen, a self-touted advocacy group, finds that both the frequency and value of medical malpractice payment appeared to drop for the seventh straight year in 2010. The report notes that they decreased to the lowest level on record by most measures. Based on an analysis of newly released data from the National Practitioner Data Bank, Public Citizen says that 10,195 payments for medical malpractice were made in 2010, totaling about $3.35 billion.

However, the report has been criticized by some, particularly tort reform supporters. These individuals say that Public Citizen’s conclusions are based on skewed information.

Judge the full report for yourself on the Public Citizen site, and then give us your thoughts on the findings.

Physician’s Weekly wants to know…

  • Do you feel that Public Citizen’s information is accurate, or do you feel the data is skewed?
  • Does Public Citizen have anything to gain by using skewed data?
  • Why would the American Medical Association and Physician Insurers Association of America dispute this data?
  • Do you think malpractice litigation is a cost-driver in healthcare?
  • Do you think malpractice payments are underreported?

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