Two Thirds of Physicians Have Been Named in a Malpractice Suit: Survey

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More than 4300 physicians in 29 specialties responded to a new Medscape Malpractice Report 2019. Responses show that specialists were sued more often than those in primary care (62% vs 52%).

Most physicians (59%) who responded to the Medscape survey said they have at some point been named in a malpractice suit, either individually or with others.

Of those physicians, 14% said they were the only party named in the suit. In 2013, 9% said they were the only ones named.

Upon comparison it was seen that, nationally a 2016 benchmarking study by the American Medical Association found that for every 100 physicians, 68 liability claims were filed.

As Medscape Medical News has reported, a national assessment found that apology laws, which have been passed in many states, dont reduce litigation or lower payouts.

(Excerpts from Medscape)

Dr KK Aggarwal

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