Malpractice crisis? We don’t think so. The National Practitioner Data Bank, which is where all malpractice settlements and verdicts must be reported, just released it’s statistics for 2014. For the 13th year in a row there was a decrease in such payments and the total number for the entire country was 8,875, which is 44% lower than the number in 2001 which was 15,898. There were only 294 payments in the entire state of Georgia for the year. So all the propaganda about a litigation flood driving doctors out of business is just a myth put out by the medical industry to protect them from even paying for these errors. This when the statistics show that over 400,000 deaths per year occur due to medical mistakes, a number which doesn’t even include other injuries.

http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/deaths-by-medical-mistakes-hit-records

Still think we need “tort reform”?

NPDB PAYMENTS FOR DOCTOR ERRORS 2001-2014

2001 – 15,898

2002 – 15,141

2003 – 15,124

2004 – 14,516

2005 – 13,613

2006 – 11,737

2007 – 11,256

2008 – 10,862

2009 – 10,783

2010 – 9,885

2011 – 9,780

2012 – 9,518

2013 – 9,447

2014 – 8,875

That represents a 44% drop in the number of payments from 2001 through 2014.