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Editorial: Pennsylvania malpractice crisis is over

In an editorial responding to Senator Rick Santorum’s outspoken views on the so-called medical malpractice crisis, Larry Smar, a spokesperson for Pennsylvania treasurer Bob Casey cited the one-third decline in medical malpractice lawsuits between 2000 and 2004. Furthermore, Smar quoted a malpractice insurance expert who declared recently, “In Pennsylvania, the malpractice crisis is over.”

Moreover, categorizing medical malpractice lawsuits as “frivolous” is simply incorrect. According to a recent Harvard study, only 3% of all malpractices claims are filed by patients who didn’t experience injuries, and these suits were for the most part dismissed or resolved without payment.

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