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Winners & losers: how medical malpractice disputes are resolved

Publication ,  Journal Article
Sloan, FA
Published in: The Journal of American health policy
1991

Conventional wisdom regarding medical practice disputes is not supported by facts, and proposals to limit the size of awards or the size of attorneys' fees do not appear likely to curb the incidence of lawsuits. A 1989-90 survey of 187 Florida families who had filed suits against physicians shows that patients are more likely to sue to exact retribution and to "find out what happened." Those who sued often cited poor communication by physicians and hospital emergency room personnel. A prior relationship with a doctor or hospital didn't protect the provider from a suit. In four-fifths of the cases studied, total economic loss exceeded payment. In settlements before trial, the gap was even larger. Limits on awards would merely exacerbate that shortfall.

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Published In

The Journal of American health policy

Publication Date

1991

Volume

1

Issue

2

Start / End Page

20 / 25

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Public Policy
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Malpractice
  • Insurance, Liability
  • Florida
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Defensive Medicine
  • Data Collection
  • Communication
 

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Sloan, F. A. (1991). Winners & losers: how medical malpractice disputes are resolved. The Journal of American Health Policy, 1(2), 20–25.
Sloan, F. A. “Winners & losers: how medical malpractice disputes are resolved.” The Journal of American Health Policy 1, no. 2 (1991): 20–25.
Sloan FA. Winners & losers: how medical malpractice disputes are resolved. The Journal of American health policy. 1991;1(2):20–5.
Sloan, F. A. “Winners & losers: how medical malpractice disputes are resolved.” The Journal of American Health Policy, vol. 1, no. 2, 1991, pp. 20–25.
Sloan FA. Winners & losers: how medical malpractice disputes are resolved. The Journal of American health policy. 1991;1(2):20–25.

Published In

The Journal of American health policy

Publication Date

1991

Volume

1

Issue

2

Start / End Page

20 / 25

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Public Policy
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Malpractice
  • Insurance, Liability
  • Florida
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Defensive Medicine
  • Data Collection
  • Communication