David Leonhardt writes for the New York Times‘ Economix blog regularly. Recently, he authored a piece on the incidence of physician malpractice in the U.S. It contained a nifty chart, which I am sharing with you here. The things to take away from this are: Malpractice claims vary widely by physician specialty and malpractice claims rarely result in a payment of any kind (either a settlement or a judgment). That doesn’t mean we don’t need malpractice reform. We do. But it does put a limit on how much cost-savings such reform will generate.
Physician Malpractice Data in Chart Form