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States cut malpractice payouts by encouraging doctors to apologize

from AAPPM

Medical "apology laws" that say physician apologies can't be mentioned in court have the effect of decreasing malpractice payouts by 14 percent to 17 percent in cases of major permanent injury - or up to $73,000 for the most severe cases, say Benjamin Ho of Cornell and Elaine Liu of the University of Houston. Doctors' apologies - or lack thereof - are a factor in patients' decisions to litigate. For more, click here. more

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