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The Great Medical Malpractice Hoax:NPDB Data Continue to Show Medical Liability System Produces Rational Outcomes

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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): Public Citizen, inc.

Author(s): Seth Oldmixon

Topic: Business (Insurance)
Health (Licensing and regulation)
Justice (Courts and judicial power)
Law and ethics (Health law)

Keywords: NPDB; tort reform; medical; malpractice

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

This report analyzes data in the National Practitioner Data Bank Public Use File, dated 31 December 2005. Data are available for a portion of 1990 and for full years thereafter. Most information in this report covers annual periods from 1991 to 2005. Where annual comparisons are not being made, Public Citizen's analysis covers the entire period of the database, e.g., 1990 to 2005. The index used for inflation adjustments in this report is the Medical Care Services series of the Consumer Price Index - All Urban Consumers, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.