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MA Malpractice Rate in '06 -- We're #38

MA Malpractice Rate in '06 -- We're #38

April 18, 2007

These data look interesting. Kaiser website lists number and rate of medical malpractice claims paid in 2006 (rate is per 1,000 practicing, non-federal physicians:

US: 12,513 claims, and 13.3 claims per doc
MA: 261 claims, and 8.0 claims per doc

MA has the 38th highest rate among the 50 states. Here's the link if you want to check for yourself. Here's a surprise -- people talk a lot about California's tough malpractice law that makes it hard to win a claim ... CA's rate is 8.9.

Go figure. Any comments?