Malpractice crisis called hoax, a few docs blamed

March 2007
Healthcare Risk Management;Mar2007, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p33
A new report claims that there is no malpractice lawsuit crisis, as health care providers have said. Rather, a large percentage of malpractice lawsuits can be traced to a small number of doctors. • The report comes from Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group considered by many legal experts to be critical of big business. • Just 5.9% of doctors have been responsible for 57.8% of all medical malpractice payments, according to the study. • Attention to patient safety issues will be more effective than malpractice reform, the group argues.


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