Medical Statistics

Medical Statistics

There are many published statistics relating to medical malpractice in this country. Some of these statistics are based upon extensive and detailed studies conducted over a long period of time. Others have been reported frequently in various media sources. We have listed some of the more commonly published statistics.

Blacks With Cancer Receive Lower Quality Health Care

The Journal of Clinical Oncology In January, 2005, The Journal of Clinical Oncology released a study that showed several alarming statistics regarding the disparity in health care between blacks and whites diagnosed with cancer. The study demonstrated survival rates between black patients and white patients for five specific types of cancers including breast, colon esophageal, Read more

Congressional Budget Office finds that tort reform would do little to decrease overall healthcare costs.

Source:  Congressional Budget Office On January 8, 2004, the Congressional Budget Office, the CBO, issued a report relating to the limitation of tort liability for medical malpractice. In this report, the CBO establishes that tort reform will do little to decrease overall healthcare costs. The CBO report notes that cyclical patterns in the insurance market Read more

Health care Providers Win Most Medical Malpractice Cases

Source:  Jury Verdict Research According to Jury Verdict Research, in the year 2000, health care providers won approximately 62% of the cases that were tried by a jury. That means that the patients only prevailed in approximately 38% of all the jury trial cases in this country. In cases involving the allegation of misdiagnosis in Read more

In Hospital Deaths From Medical Errors Reach 195,000 Per Year

Source:  Institute of Medicine (IOM) In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report titled “To Err is Human,” in which it reported that as many as 98,000 Americans die each year and another 1,000,000 are injured as a result of preventable medical errors. On July 27, 2004, HealthGrades, Inc., the leading independent healthcare Read more

Medical Malpractice Caps Fail to Prevent Premium Increases

Source:  Weiss Ratings, Inc In June, 2003, Weiss Ratings, Inc. published a study demonstrating that caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases have failed to prevent sharp increases in medical malpractice insurance premiums for physicians. Weiss Ratings is the nation’s leading independent provider of ratings and analyses of financial services companies, mutual funds, and Read more

Medical Malpractice Errors

Source:  Institute of Medicine (IOM) The Institute of Medicine (IOM), reports that as many as 98,000 Americans die each year and another 1,000,000 are injured as a result of preventable medical errors that cost the nation an estimated $29 billion. In its comprehensive book titled “To Err Is Human,” the IOM recounts two studies which Read more

Medical Malpractice Litigation Rarely Compensates Patients

Source: Harvard Medical Practice Study In 1990, The Harvard Medical Practice Study was published. This report, titled, “Patients, Doctors, and Lawyers: Medical Injury, Malpractice Litigation and Patient Compensation in New York,” was conducted to estimate medical malpractice and the injuries caused by medical malpractice in New York.The study utilized physician reviewers of records and consultants Read more

Minorities Receive Lower Quality Healthcare

Source:  Institute of Medicine (IOM) In 1999, Congress requested that the Institute of Medicine (IOM), conduct a study to assess disparities in the kinds and quality of healthcare received by racial and ethnic minorities and non minorities. The stated purpose of this study was to assess the extent of racial and ethnic differences in health Read more

Patients Receive Proper Health Care only 50% of the Time

Source:  New England Journal of Medicine According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, patients receive the appropriate recommended care from health care providers only 54.9 percent of the time. The study utilized telephone surveys in 12 metropolitan areas to identify willing participants who would provide a health history and Read more

Statistical Trends in Medical Malpractice Cases

Source:  Jury Verdict Research In its 2002 comprehensive report titled: “Medical Malpractice: Verdicts, Settlements and Statistical Analysis, Jury Verdict Research details nationwide statistics regarding medical malpractice cases. Jury Verdict Research (JVR), maintains a nationwide database of verdicts from plaintiff and defense attorneys. JVR is supplied with data from every state in the nation. JVR was Read more

U.S. News and World Report Says Litigation Not To Blame

Source:  U.S. News and World Report In its June 30-July 7 issue, U.S. News and World Report discusses physician and insurers’ claims that malpractice awards are driving up the cost of physician malpractice premiums. According to this prestigious business magazine, “their diagnosis may be wrong.” The article, written by author Christopher Schmitt, reports that there Read more