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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Malpractice Crisis? What Malpractice Crisis? 

Certain factions claim that the skyrocketing cost of medical care in the US today is largely due to soaring malpractice awards.

A new study of malpractice claim outcomes in Texas from 1998 to 2002 supports previous evidence to indicate that this isn't likely to be the case, because the cost of claims over that period rose with inflation, whereas care costs rose in ginormous excess of inflation. This study is very satisfying to read, but unfortunately I doubt it will change any lobbyists minds or improve the situation at all.

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