MATA Medical Malpractice Collection

 

CATO Institute Study Highlights Harmful Effects of Limiting Consumers' Rights in Malpractice Actions

 

Study Shows Texas Tinkering with Tort System Didn't Benefit Patients and Harmed State's Healthcare System

 

The Myth of Defensive Medicine

 

Amerians for Insurance Reform Releases Study: "How the Insurance Industry Creates Insurance Crisis Harming Their Policyholders."

 

How Medical Apology Programs Harm Patients, Professor Gabriel Teninbaum

 

 

All documents listed below are available in PDF format, and can be opened using Adobe Acrobat Reader.  Simply click on the Document Title to view it.

The June 2003 GAO Report on Medical Malpractice Insurance: A Closer Look
Source: MATA
Author: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Description: 4 page summary/analysis of the June 2003 GAO Report on Medical Malpractice Insurance.

HHS ‘Report’ Cooks the Books for Insurance Companies
Source: MATA
Author: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Description: 2 page breakdown of the US Health & Human Services Report on their study of the Insurance Industry’s request for caps on medical malpractice awards.  This breakdown illustrates the discrepancies in this report and how they seem to bolster the Insurance Industry’s position.

The Truth Behind Medical Malpractice Premiums
Source: MATA
Author: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Description: 23 pages of statistical data illustrating the effects of placing caps on medical malpractice awards by juries.

Are Insurer Investments in Good Shape?”
Source: MATA
Author: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Description: Single page chart illustrating how the Insurance Industry’s investment returns have dropped since 1993, supporting the conclusion that the Insurance Industry is now trying to recoup these losses by keeping malpractice premiums inflated.

Medical Malpractice Insurance Talking Points: Fibs & Fact
Source: MATA
Author: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Description: 8 page analysis de-bunking fibs perpetrated by the Insurance Industry

Questions that the Medical and Insurance Establishments Would Rather the Media NOT Ask
Source: MATA
Author: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Description: 4 page document of illuminating questions and answers about the Medical Malpractice Premium Issue that Insurance Industry Executives would rather the public or media not ask them because they show the unfavorable position of the Insurance Companies.


Premiums and Damage Caps Across the NationSource: Center for Justice & Democracy
Author: Joanne Doroshow
Date: November 19, 2003
Description: This 15 page document is the text version of the statements of Joanne Doroshow, Executive Director of the Center for Justice & Democracy, to the Boston Bar Association on November 19, 2003.

Do Investments Affect Premiums?”
Source: MATA
Author: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Description: Bar graph illustrating the relationship between Insurance Company investment gains and premiums charged.

Looking at States With and Without Caps in the OB/Gyn Arena
Source: MATA
Author: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Description: A look at the Medical Malpractice Insurance Premium Issue with a focus on Obstetrics and Gynecology, one of the higher risk medical areas.

Massachusetts Fact Sheet
Source: MATA
Author: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Description: 2 page fact sheet providing data on the physician supply, average pay-outs and average jury awards here in Massachusetts.

Medical Malpractice Caps: The Impact of Non-Economic Damage Caps on Physician Premiums, Claims Payout Levels, and Availability of Coverage
Source: Weiss Ratings, Inc.
Author(s): Martin D. Weiss, PhD; Melissa Gannon; Stephanie Eakins
Date: June 3, 2003
Description: This 15 page study seeks to examine whether implementing caps on jury awards really lowers premiums for physicians.  The author found that there are other far more important factors driving the rise in Medical Malpractice premiums.

Mythbuster: Where’s the Crisis? With an Out-of-Control Insurance Industry, That’s Where!”
Source: Center for Justice & Democracy
Author: Unknown
Date: April 2, 2004
Description: Talking points on Insurance Industry Standards, Practices and Profits.

Mythbuster: The Seven Most Important Things to Know About Medical Malpractice
Source: Center for Justice & Democracy
Author: Unknown
Date: February 10, 2004
Description: All Americans should be aware of these crucial Medical Malpractice points/truths.

Mythbuster: New Studies on Medical Errors and Inadequate Care
Source: Center for Justice & Democracy
Author: Unknown
Date: October 30, 2003
Description: Analyzes new studies, including one by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which is a non-profit organization that monitors health care.

"Mythbuster: Caps Don't Work"
Source: Center for Justice & Democracy
Author: Unknown
Date: May 13, 2005
Description: Specific State examples showing that States which enacted Caps on Non-economic damages for Medical Malpractice Suits have not seen a decrease in Malpractice premiums, but have actually increased premiums.  States include: Maryland, Missouri, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Nevada.


"Stability, Not Crisis: Medical Malpractice Claim Outcomes in Texas, 1988-2002"
Source: Social Science Research Network Electronic Library
Authors: Bernard Black; Charles Silver; David A. Hyman; William M. Sage
Date: 2005
Description: Several researchers studied a comprehensive database of closed claims maintained by the Texas Department of Insurance since 1988.  The study provides evidence on a range of issues involving medical malpractice litigation.  The researchers concluded: "We find no evidence of the medical malpractice crisis that produced headlines over the last several years and led to legal reform in Texas and other states."
Summary: Click Here for a Summary of the Study Results

"Flyer: Understanding What Medical Malpractice "Caps" Are All About"
Source: Center for Justice & Democracy
Author: Unknown
Date: May 13, 2005
Description: One-page Flyer, with easy to understand illustration, showing how Insurance Industry Executives make money off women, children and seniors by limiting their access to the court system.

"Real Life Non-Economic Damages: What They Mean to People & Why They Are Important"
Source: Center for Justice & Democracy
Author: Unknown
Date: May 12, 2005
Description: Real-Life definitions of what Non-Economic Damages cover, illustrated by three touching stories of how the injured parties used their damage awards to accomodate their injuries.

"Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Save Lives: Women, Children and Seniors"
Source: Center for Justice & Democracy
Author: Unknown
Date: April 30, 2005
Description: Short-examples of the ways which lawsuits have improved life, or chances for life, for women, children and senior citizens.

"Compensation Caps: The War on Women, Children, Seniors and the Poor"
Source: Center for Justice & Democracy
Author: Unknown
Date: April 30, 2005
Description: Short-One page explaing what non-economic damages are, how the medical malpractice bill (§ 354) would limit non-economic damages and considering § 354 discrimination against women.

Whiplash: Fact or Fiction?
Source: unknown
Author: Jeff Silber, MD
Date: unknown
Description: Review paper on the Whiplash diagnosis and injuries.

 

 

 

 

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