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June 2, 1956

ANALYSIS OF PROFESSIONAL FACTORS IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLAIMS

JAMA. 1956;161(5):442-447. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.62970050009009
Abstract

The problem of medical malpractice claims has become increasingly severe during the past 10 years, as manifested by the rapid rise in incidence of claims, with a progressive increase in premiums for such insurance coverage. As a result, the number of carriers interested in this field of insurance coverage has steadily declined during this 10-year period. If this unfavorable trend continues, the problem may well reach the stage where the question will not be how much a physician has to pay for such insurance coverage but rather whether he can obtain coverage at any price. The general factors connected with the dissatisfaction of insurance carriers and of physicians have been outlined elsewhere.1

The term medical malpractice should probably be replaced by "professional liability," for physicians are not usually sued for medical malpractice but more often as an expression of the patient's dissatisfaction. Professional liability of a physician may now

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