Malpractice and Medicine: Who Gets Sued and Why?
The Scope of the Malpractice Problem
Medscape surveyed almost 4000 primary care physicians and selected specialists to find out if and why they were sued and how the lawsuit affected their career and patient care decisions. Fifty-nine percent of respondents to the Medscape survey have been named in at least one malpractice suit. Nearly half (47%) were among others named in the suit, and 12% were the only parties sued. While among the specialties surveyed, some were sued more than other, no physicians are immune. According to a 2010 American Medical Association (AMA) survey on all physicians, on average 42.2% are sued, with 22.4% sued twice or more, and by late career the risk increases to 61%.
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