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Limit Malpractice, Not Damages

According to Robert Oshel, former associate director of the Division of Practitioner Data Banks at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, doctors need to worry more about limiting malpractice claims and not damage awards in order to prevent medical malpractice insurance premiums from rising. This is in response to doctors who wish to limit awarded damages in order to decrease insurance premiums. He counters, stating studies show “that the majority of dollars paid out for malpractice result from the negligent actions of the very small portion of physicians who face multiple malpractice payments.” He suggests his state should “restrict or revoke the licenses of physicians with a record of multiple malpractice awards.”

Read more about Oshel’s opinion on limiting medical malpractice.