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How often doctors get sued for medical malpractice

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  • $4 billion dollars paid by insurers for malpractice in the USA 1999 (When Good Doctors Get Sued, 2001)
  • Estimated 25% of practicing physicians sued annually (When Good Doctors Get Sued, 2001)
  • Estimated 50-65% physicians sued at least once during their career (When Good Doctors Get Sued, 2001)
  • Estimated 10-20% of malpractice claims reach trial phase (When Good Doctors Get Sued, 2001)
  • Majority of malpractice cases involve misdiagnoses, diagnostic errors or delayed diagnosis (When Good Doctors Get Sued, 2001)
  • Medical malpractice payment reports by frequency:
    • 86,057 physicians had 1 medical malpractice payment report against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 24,731 physicians had 2 medical malpractice payment reports against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 8,078 physicians had 3 medical malpractice payment reports against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 3,340 physicians had 4 medical malpractice payment reports against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 1,459 physicians had 5 medical malpractice payment reports against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 746 physicians had 6 medical malpractice payment reports against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 372 physicians had 7 medical malpractice payment reports against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 224 physicians had 8 medical malpractice payment reports against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 142 physicians had 9 medical malpractice payment reports against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 386 physicians had more than 10 medical malpractice payment reports against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
  • Medical malpractice payment reports by percentage of physicians:
    • 68.6% of physicians with medical malpractice payment reports against them had 1 report in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 19.7% of physicians with medical malpractice payment reports against them had 2 report in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 6.4% of physicians with medical malpractice payment reports against them had 3 report in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 2.7% of physicians with medical malpractice payment reports against them had 4 report in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 1.2% of physicians with medical malpractice payment reports against them had 5 report in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 0.6% of physicians with medical malpractice payment reports against them had 6 report in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 0.3% of physicians with medical malpractice payment reports against them had 7 report in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 0.18% of physicians with medical malpractice payment reports against them had 8 report in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 0.1% of physicians with medical malpractice payment reports against them had 9 report in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 0.3% of physicians with medical malpractice payment reports against them had more than 10 reports in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
  • Medical adverse action reports by frequency:
    • 9,159 physicians had 1 adverse action report against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 5,814 physicians had 2 adverse action reports against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 2,711 physicians had 3 adverse action reports against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 1,411 physicians had 4 adverse action reports against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 800 physicians had 5 adverse action reports against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 427 physicians had 6 adverse action reports against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 269 physicians had 7 adverse action reports against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 147 physicians had 8 adverse action reports against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 83 physicians had 9 adverse action reports against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 163 physicians had more than 10 adverse action reports against them in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
  • Medical adverse action reports by percentage:
    • 43.6% of physicians with adverse action reports against them had 1 report in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 27.7% of physicians with adverse action reports against them had 2 report in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 12.9% of physicians with adverse action reports against them had 3 report in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 6.7% of physicians with adverse action reports against them had 4 report in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 3.8% of physicians with adverse action reports against them had 5 report in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 2.0% of physicians with adverse action reports against them had 6 report in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 1.3% of physicians with adverse action reports against them had 7 report in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 0.7% of physicians with adverse action reports against them had 8 report in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 0.4% of physicians with adverse action reports against them had 9 report in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 0.8% of physicians with adverse action reports against them had more than 10 reports in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)

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