Accession Number : ADA267417


Title :   Medical Malpractice: Few Claims Resolved Through Michigan's Voluntary Arbitration Program


Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC HUMAN RESOURCES DIV


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a267417.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1990


Pagination or Media Count : 32


Abstract : The present methods for resolving medical malpractice claims in the United States are neither efficient nor equitable. Claims take a long time to be resolved; awards and settlements are unpredictable; and legal costs are high. Malpractice claims are heard primarily in the state courts, and a plaintiff must establish that the injury was the fault of the health care provider. Concerns about the present methods have inspired various proposals for alternative approaches to resolving claims. These proposals include both fault-based and no- fault-based approaches. Some of these alternative approaches are as yet untested; states have implemented others.


Descriptors :   *COSTS , *INSURANCE , *MEDICAL MALPRACTICE , COST ANALYSIS , WOUNDS AND INJURIES , HOSPITALS , MICHIGAN , STATE LAW , ACCOUNTABILITY , PHYSICIANS , HEALTH CARE FACILITIES , PATIENTS , PROBLEM SOLVING


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Medicine and Medical Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE