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Management or Avoidance of Medical Malpractice Crises?: Time to Choose

David M. Studdert, LLB, ScD, MPH
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Correspondence to: David M. Studdert, LLB, ScD, MPH, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, 207 Bouverie St, Carlton, VIC 3053, Australia; e-mail: d.studdert@unimelb.edu.au

Dr. Studdert is Federation Fellow and Professor at the Law School and the School of Population Health, the University of Melbourne.


The author has no conflict of interest to disclose.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/misc/reprints.shtml).


Chest. 2008;134(5):901-902. doi:10.1378/chest.08-1857
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As liability insurance premiums flatten at many insurers across the country, it looks as though the third medical malpractice crisis of the last 35 years has passed, more or less. Nationally, the crisis has been smaller in scale than its predecessors, at least in terms of observable spikes in the frequency and severity of claims. Nonetheless, physicians in some states and specialties—proceduralists in Pennsylvania,1 for example—have felt the effects harshly.

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