Medical Malpractice – ‘The negligence by act or omission by a health care provider in which the treatment provided falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient, with most cases involving medical error.’
The average medical malpractice payment are raised by 4% per year, resulting to 52% growth from year 1991 to 2003. This has now, exceeded by $12 per capita each year. In the year 2012, there was a total of 12,000 payouts costing $3.5 billion in payouts.
We hear about Medical Malpractice cases all round the year. Each year, many patients file cases against their practitioners for incorrect diagnosis, wrong medication, inappropriate surgery etc. In a way, everyone are aware of the various reasons of malpractice, but, what many are not aware is that which is the most affected department – where are malpractice cases the highest. It is very important to know, what should they be aware of, in what areas of expertise do patients get ill-treated the most. Each year, when malpractice cases are registered, they are segmented into various departments, giving a definite idea of which department has the highest as well as the lowest malpractice cases registered. Departments like – General care clinic, Surgical department, Medication department, Diagnostic center and many more, all come under scrutiny. To create awareness, to give exact data, here along is attached for your reference, the data of highest malpractice payouts registered department vise for the year 2013.