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Study: Healthcare costs not influenced by medical malpractice

Negligent doctors in Providence often cause additional pain and suffering to their patients through the mistakes they make. While many doctors do take great care of their patients, others commit medical errors that are easily preventable, leading to medical malpractice claims and lawsuits. It is the sworn duty of a primary care doctor and others in the healthcare industry to listen to their patients and to properly diagnose their patients’ health issues so that they can receive the proper treatment and recover.

While some lawmakers and people in the healthcare industry want to see a cap placed on medical malpractice lawsuits, claiming that lawsuits push up the cost of healthcare, a newly released study shows that isn’t quite correct. The study shows that payouts from lawsuits dealing with medical mistakes are much lower than other expenses associated with the medical industry—less than a percent, as a matter of fact.

The study examined a little over 77,000 claims of medical malpractice that were claimed during 2004 and 2010. The findings of the study show that doctors spent more money on unnecessary tests and procedures and it is this expenditure that is raising healthcare costs as insurance companies are forced to pay more in claims.

When patients are injured because their doctors fail to diagnose them accurately or prescribe the wrong treatment, the results can be life-altering. This is why it is important for victims of medical errors to have legal options open to them. Compensation can provide financial relief, enabling victims to receive the medical care they need without undue financial strain on their personal budgets.

Source: Insurance Journal, “Medical Malpractice Payouts Not Driving Up Health Costs: Study,” May 20, 2013

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