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Medical malpractice system is not broken: Article from the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that accusations of frivolous litigation are overblown

A study released today from the New England Journal of Medicine written by Harvard School of Public Health researchers challenges the medical community’s assertion that medical malpractice litigations is rampant and expensive. The highlights of the study include findings that the majority of medical malpractice claims are severe, resulting in death or dismemberment, most claims involve error, and of those few claims that go to trial, most juries are conservative in their verdicts.

The study also found:
• Litigation against hospitals improves patients’ safety • Medical malpractice insurance premiums for doctors was only a small fraction of expenses
The Center for justice and democracy has published three synopses’ that can be found here:
The Legal System
Patient Safety
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