Wednesday, September 8, 2010

2.4 Percent Of Healthcare Costs Due To Malpractice

From "Malpractice Adds Less than 3 Percent to Healthcare Tab" by Peggy Peck, Executive Editor, MedPage Today, September 07, 2010:
Costs associated with medical malpractice added about $55.6 billion to the nation's total healthcare costs in 2008 -- roughly 2.4% of a more than $2.3-trillion tab -- and most of that money went to pay for tests, procedures, and treatments associated with defensive medicine, according to an analysis by Harvard researchers.

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