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?
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.