Lengthy malpractice suits burden doctors and patients

01/29/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Many physicians and surgeons face a malpractice lawsuit at some point in their careers that can drag on for years and impede their ability to care for patients, a Health Affairs study found. Lengthy lawsuits also delay compensation for patients and can hold up changes in policy and practice designed to prevent similar errors in the future, the study found. "If we could get these cases resolved faster, we might be able to improve the efficiency of the system, lower costs and even improve quality of care for patients," lead researcher Seth Seabury said.

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