A doctor is protected from legal liability when he or she violates the law, according to a new article published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The article, authored by medical malcontent Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and published by the BMJ, found that doctors have a “higher standard of care” and are more likely to be charged with malpractice than other workers.
The article also found that the U.S. medical malpractices rate, a measure of legal liability, is about 20% higher than that in other developed countries, and that doctors in the U, including in the private sector, are more inclined to sue.
The study, titled The malpractice risk of American doctors: A comparative analysis of data from the National Medical Injury Surveillance System (NMIUS), found that in 2017, the United States suffered about $2.6 trillion in medical malprices, a figure that is more than double that of any other country.
In addition to the high cost of medical care, the article notes that many doctors are likely to suffer financial losses in the event of a claim.
Dr. Robert F Kennedy Jr., director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Medical Malpractice Research and a senior fellow at the Center for Health Policy Studies, said that his study found that a medical malclaim is more likely if the doctor acted negligently.
He said that because of the nature of malpractice, it would be difficult to prove negligence, and it is difficult to determine the damages awarded.
The law in the United Kingdom allows for a doctor to be prosecuted for malpractice if he or he negligently caused a person to suffer a physical or mental injury or damage to their health, safety or reputation.
Kennedy said that the research supports the idea that medical malprofesion is a major problem.
“The U.K. has one of the highest rates of malpensory injury and death in the developed world,” he said.
“And we have a law that has been in place for more than 20 years that allows for prosecution of medical malphysitics.
So, it seems reasonable to me that we should treat malpractice in the same way we treat any other form of negligence.”
Dr. David C. Siegel, the director of policy studies at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., said that while the research does not definitively show that physicians are more prone to malpractice, it does show that doctors may be more willing to pursue cases.
Siegel said that, while it is not a complete picture, it is important to recognize that doctors who may be malpractice claimants are more at risk.
“It is possible that there are a subset of doctors who are going to be much more likely than others to be at risk for malpensation, and there are other doctors who have no problems with malpracticing,” Siegel said.
“So it may be that the incentives are very high to pursue malpractice cases, especially when it’s the first time they are brought against a doctor,” he added.