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May 15, 2006

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» Med-mal: Harvard Public Health study, cont'd from PointOfLaw Forum
The study, released in May, found that approximately 40 percent of medical liability claims did not appear to arise from negligent injury. By contrast, the earlier and far-famed "Harvard study" of New York hospitals had indicated that the proportion of... [Read More]

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martin

You make a interesting point by quoting the conclusion of the study (about the percentage of claims being paid (75%)). The right comparison is to some other type of tort claim. We don't really know if 75 percent is a good number or not. We have no idea how many really frivolous or fraudulent clams there are. I am not sure that the authors should necessarily be happy with the idea that getting it right three our of four times is not so bad.

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