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2009 Medical Malpractice Payments Lowest On Record


We’ve talked so many times about how the party of "No" never seems to let the facts get in the way. But, every once in a while, it seems like there are some facts that have to give them pause. This week, Public Citizen released a study that found that fewer medical malpractice payments were made on behalf of doctors in 2009 than any year on record.

Other findings from the report:

  • The value of malpractice payments in actual (unadjusted) dollars was the lowest since 1999. Adjusted for inflation, payments were at their lowest since 1992.
  • 2009 was the fifth consecutive year the number of payments has fallen and the sixth straight year in which the value of payments has fallen.
  • That the malpractice numbers were .46 of 1 percent of all of the health care costs.

What did heathcare do during this time? Between 2000 and 2009, health care spending rose 83 percent while medical malpractice payments fell 8 percent.

It’s real numbers. Let’s see what they say about them?


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  1. Woodside Park Bob says:
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    The data cited is accurate, but the post need to be edited to clarify that Public Citizen wrote and released the report, not the National Practitioner Data Bank. Public Citizen used the latest NPDB Public Use Data File for the source of the raw data they analyzed, but the analysis — which is correct — is Public Citizen’s.

  2. Mike Bryant says:
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    You are correct, thank you for taking the time to read and comment.