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Five myths of medical malpractice.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23276845     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We identify five myths of medical malpractice that have wide currency in medical circles. The myths are as follows: (1) Malpractice crises are caused by spikes in medical malpractice litigation (ie, sudden rises in payouts and claim frequency), (2) the tort system delivers "jackpot justice," (3) physicians are one malpractice verdict away from bankruptcy, (4) physicians move to states that adopt damages caps, and (5) tort reform will lower health-care spending dramatically. We test each assertion against the available empirical evidence on the subject and conclude by identifying various nonmythical problems with the medical malpractice system.
David A Hyman; Charles Silver
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chest     Volume:  143     ISSN:  1931-3543     ISO Abbreviation:  Chest     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-01     Completed Date:  2013-04-02     Revised Date:  2013-07-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0231335     Medline TA:  Chest     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  222-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
College of Medicine and College of Law, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL 61820, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Liability, Legal
Malpractice / legislation & jurisprudence*,  statistics & numerical data
Physicians / legislation & jurisprudence*,  statistics & numerical data
Comment In:
Chest. 2013 Jun;143(6):1835   [PMID:  23732604 ]
Chest. 2013 Jun;143(6):1835-6   [PMID:  23732603 ]

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