Malpractice Claims

NEJM article.  HT: Jason Shafrin

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  1. A.D. says:

    Im not surprised that Neurosurgery is the most reported malpractice claim.

  2. Dr. C says:

    I was always under the impression that anethesiologists carried the largest liability insurance posibilites. Interesting graphic.

  3. Buster says:

    I know a proctologist who claimed that part of the reason he went into colon and rectal surgery was that patients tended to be highly satisfied with their proctologist and malpractice liability is low.

  4. Andrew O says:

    Did not think pediatricians would be the second to last in fewer malpractice claims. Interesting graphic indeed.

  5. Gabriel Odom says:

    Dr. C, I share that surprise. Since the anesthesiologist is responsible for the patient’s well-being during surgery, I would expect them to carry more of the brunt of those claims.

    I would like to see a graph showing the likelihood of losing your claim. While cardiovascular and neurosurgery have the highest rates of claims (at about 18 percent), they only pay out 3-4 percent overall. In ratio terms, neuro and cardio lose 16.7 and 23.5 percent of their respective cases. In comparison, approximately only 8 percent of gynaecologists have claims. Of these, 3 percent lose their cases – resulting in a claim loss of a whopping 37.5 percent!

    If you are a gynaecologist, you are 14.2 percentage points more likely to lose a lawsuit than a cardiovascular surgeon.

  6. Mulligan says:

    Not sure if I should be pleasantly surprised or suspicious about the pediatricians.