Medical Malpractice News

27Jan, 2017

Is There a Medical Malpractice Crisis in the U.S.?

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The Washington Post recently published an article titled, “Top Republicans say there’s a medical malpractice crisis. Experts say there isn’t.” This is an old, ongoing debate, and depending on who you listen to, we’re either in a crisis that is driving up the cost of medical malpractice insurance, forcing providers to practice defensive medicine, and physicians are in constant fear of a lawsuit, or we are in a time of relative calm, medical malpractice claims are at historic lows, and medical malpractice insurance premiums have dropped to record lows. So […]
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17May, 2016

Neurosurgeons and Medical Malpractice Risk

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Because of the risks involved, neurosurgeons face higher medical malpractice costs than many other physicians. The field of neurosurgery includes both spinal and cranial disorders related to vascular disease, pain, brain tumors, epilepsy, movement and behavioral disorders and trauma. Neurosurgeons diagnose and assess these conditions, which most often require surgical repair. The goal of neurosurgery is to improve the quality of life of the patients and to save lives. These doctors are well compensated because of the difficulty, delicateness, and astounding complexity of the surgeries they perform, but at the […]
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21Oct, 2014

New Study Shows that Malpractice Reform has Little Impact… Or Does It?

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A new study published by the Rand Corporation in the New England Journal of Medicine has many in the media aflutter with fresh pronouncements that reducing physicians’ risk of being sued doesn’t reduce defensive medicine and doesn’t save money. The study purports to show that in three states where reform was enacted certain variables, taken as indicators of defensive medicine, did not change substantially. But let’s look a little closer. The study looked at over three million Medicare patients over the period from 1997 to 2011. Researches looked specifically at […]
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6Mar, 2014

Defensive Medicine: Arbitration, Is it Feasible?

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Over the past several weeks here at eQuoteMD we’ve been taking a look at the issue of defensive medicine, defined as the practice of ordering medical tests, procedures, or consultations of doubtful clinical value in order to protect the prescribing physician from malpractice suits. In other words, defensive medicine describes the result of the feeling that many physicians have that rather than using their best professional judgment there are tests, diagnostics, procedures, and more that they simply must do and order so that if they find themselves in a malpractice […]
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26Feb, 2014

Defensive Medicine: Is Apologizing the Answer?

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Over the last few weeks we’ve been considering the problem of doctor’s feeling pressured to practice defensive medicine and the costs associated with that as well as some of the proposals that have been made to combat these problems.  As we’ve noted in previous articles simply put defensive medicine is the practice of ordering medical tests, procedures, or consultations of doubtful clinical value in order to protect the prescribing physician from malpractice suits.   And it is costing us an estimated $650-$850 billion dollars a year.  In previous posts we’ve considered […]
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