An Interesting Perspective

This op-ed from Oklahoma suggests the best way to reduce doctors’ malpractice premiums is to get rid of bad doctors.  The key figure he cites is that just 3.6 percent of state doctors were responsible for 43 percent of malpractice awards.  That’s not such a surprising figure.  Many of the 3.6 percent could be practicing in a specialty in which mistakes by their nature create big problems that bring big awards.  Also, we wouldn’t expect that 43 percent of doctors are responsible for 43 percent of payouts, right?  Just the same as most people don’t have any car accidents in a year, so you can say that only a small percentage of drivers are responsible for most accident payouts.    

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