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August 19, 2004


"Defending the Practice of Medicine"

"Though frequency has changed little over the past few years, it has stabilized at extraordinarily high levels. On any given day, there are more than 120,000 malpractice actions pending against the physicians of the United States. One sixth of America’s physicians report a claim every year (The Doctors Company, unpublished data, 2002). For highrisk specialties, the numbers are even larger. The average neurosurgeon reports a claim every other year (The Doctors Company, unpublished data, 2002). Expressed differently, 50% of America’s neurosurgeons are sued every year." Dr. Richard Anderson of the Doctor's Company in California (more of his writing) has a fact-filled piece on the medical malpractice crisis in the Jun. 14 Archives of Internal Medicine (PDF).

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