Citizen lets us know a report is out for the first time on real data for malpractice suits and costs. First time anytime, and all the propaganda and closed books comes to a halt. (year 2005)
The medical liability system is not one of “jackpot” justice, in which patients go to court and score big awards based on flimsy claims. Instead, evidence shows that the system is working as designed: Those with minor injuries receive little compensation, while the great bulk of malpractice awards are for cases involving major, debilitating injuries – or death. This is the first year such information on the degree of patient harm is available from the NPDB, and it directly challenges the signature refrain of those seeking to limit recovery for damages.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Division of Practitioner Data Banks (DPDB) is responsible for the management of the National Practitioner Data Bank and the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank.
Update: 2008 public data base is current. The report is 2005. The website is worth a visit. Please come back and fill us in.