A new study's abstract says that it finds that a "physician's years in practice and previous paid claims history had no effect on the odds" of a payout of more than a million dollars to a plaintiff—supporting my contention that, at the margin, the status quo medical malpractice system is largely random and does more to deter practice than malpractice. The authors don't seem to realize this implication of their finding, but only the abstract is available publicly. [JHQ via Torts Prof]
No relationship between million-dollar-plus medmal payouts and prior record
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