Medical Malpractice: A Comprehensive Analysis

Medical Malpractice: A Comprehensive Analysis

by Vasanthaku N. Bhat
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ABC-CLIO, Incorporated


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Medical Malpractice: A Comprehensive Analysis

The healthcare delivery system in the United States is inundated with medical malpractice and liability issues, and there is no consensus about causes or solutions. Both physicians and an alliance of lawyers and consumer groups agree that there is a crisis, but physicians claim that the current medical malpractice system inheres in too many lawsuits while the lawyers argue that the current level of litigation is insufficient. Multivariate statistical methods are used in this much needed effort to investigate the effects of medical malpractice on various aspects of health care.

After introducing the various tort reforms that have been proposed and implemented by some states, the author analyzes the impact of these reforms on medical malpractice payment rates, claim payments, malpractice insurance, and in dental malpractice. The impact of malpractice liability on costs, licensure, disciplinary action, the supply of physicians, and the practice of defensive medicine are also covered. This is an essential guide for students in law, medicine, and health administration, as well as anyone who wants to research these issues for public policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865692794
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/30/2001
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)

About the Author

VASANTHAKUMAR N. BHAT is Associate Professor of Management and Management Science and Program Coordinator for the Health Systems Management program at the Lubin School of Business, Pace University. He is the author of two other books published by Greenwood Publishing Group: Total Quality Environmental Management: An ISO 14000 Approach (Quorum Books, 1998) and The Green Corporation: The Next Competitive Advantage (Quorum Books, 1996).

Table of Contents


Opening Statement

Malpractice Claims

Severity of Medical Malpractice Claims

Malpractice Premiums

Dental Malpractice

Politics of Malpractice

Malpractice and the Supply of Physicians

Malpractice and Defensive Medicine

Malpractice and Health Care Costs

Closing Statement

Appendix I

Appendix II



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