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Medical Malpractice – crisis, what crisis?

An excellent review of the realities and myth behind medical malpractice is on Kate Steadman’s Health Policy blog. The series of posts are a sort of book report on Tom Baker’s The Medical Malpractice Myth.
I’ve posted on med mal before, as has Ezra Klein – both using the article published in Health Affairs last year as the basis for the posts. But Kate’s is the best rebuttal of the myth I’ve come across.
What does this mean for you?
Medical malpractice insurance is NOT a meaningful contributor to health cost inflation. Medical errors certainly are – remember to distinguish between the two.

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