By one estimate, more than $24.6 billion has been paid out over the past decade to satisfy medical malpractice cases, frequently involving patients who either died under the knife or incurred significant, life-altering injuries at the hands of their physicians.
Between 2005 and 2014, more than 66,000 medical malpractice cases were brought against 54,000 physicians, according to a national database created by Congress to track all malpractice cases in which the aggrieved patient wound up being paid.
Remarkably, about one percent of all physicians in this pool accounted for 32 percent of all the paid claims, according to research published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Moreover, one in five of those physicians were repeat offenders who were forced to pay penalties at least two or three times throughout that period.
– The Fiscal Times