- January 23rd 2013
The average physician spends nearly 11% of his or her career with an unresolved medical liability claim, says a study in the January Health Affairs.
Speciality plays a significant role in how long a claim remains open, according to the study, which examined claims data for about 40,000 physicians covered by an unidentified national insurer.
Neurosurgeons spent 27% of their careers with an open claim — the longest of the specialties studied. Psychiatrists had the shortest span — 3% of their careers with an unresolved claim.
Internists had an open claim for 10% of their career, while family/general physicians had one for 8%. A doctor’s average career is 40 years.
The findings are unfortunate, considering that the majority of medical liability claims end in favor of physicians, said Richard E. Anderson, MD, chair and CEO of The Doctors Company, a physician-owned liability insurer in Napa, Calif.
“It is a national disgrace that physicians must bear the enormous cost [Read more]