High-Risk Specialty Doctors Face a Claim by 65

By Correa, Frances | Clinical Psychiatry News, November 2011 | Go to article overview

High-Risk Specialty Doctors Face a Claim by 65


Correa, Frances, Clinical Psychiatry News


FROM THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE

Physicians in high-risk specialties face a near certainty of a malpractice claim at some point in their careers, but only a small minority will end up making an indemnity payment to a patient.

The probability of facing a malpractice claim increases with length of time in practice, based on data from 1991 through 2005 from a large national malpractice carrier insuring more than 40,000 physicians in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Among physicians in high-risk specialties such as neurosurgery general surgery and obstetrics /gynecology an estimated 88% were projected to face their first claim by age 45 and an estimated 99% by age 65. In low-risk specialties such as psychiatry, family medicine, and pediatrics, 36% of physicians were projected to face their first claim by age 45 years and 75% by age 65 years, Dr. Anupam B. Jena of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and his colleagues wrote.

In contrast, the projected rates of indemnity claims paid to plaintiffs were lower. By age 45, 33% of physicians in high-risk specialties were projected to have had a claim paid, rising to 71% by age 65 years For physicians in low-risk specialties, 5% were projected to have had a claim paid by age 45 years, rising to 19% by age 65 years (N. Engl. J. Med. 2011;365:629-36).

"If you've hit 65 and you haven't had a claim, that's rare; that's almost impossible in our data," Dr. Jena said in an interview, adding that high-risk specialties often come with higher salaries, which could be what balances out the risk factor for physicians.

Overall, 7.4% of physicians were sued for malpractice each year of the study, with 1.6% having an indemnity payment made each year.

Dr. Jena and colleagues also found that specialties in which physicians were more likely to face a malpractice claim were not the ones where indemnity payments were most prevalent.

For example, 19.1% of neurosurgeons faced a claim each year, according to the analysis, compared with 3. …

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