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domingo, 19 de septiembre de 2010

Los costes del sistema de responsabilidad médica en los EE.UU

En un trabajo publicado en ssrn recientemente se estiman en 40.000 millones de euros al año lo que les cuesta el sistema de responsabilidad médica a los EE.UU. No es mucho
………..… estimates the national costs of the medical liability system, including indemnity payments, administrative costs, defensive medicine costs, and lost clinician work time, synthesizing data from a variety of sources. Total costs are estimated at $55.6 billion in 2008, including $45.6 billion in defensive medicine costs, $5.7 billion in indemnity payments, and over $4 billion in administrative and other expenses. The quality of the evidence underlying the estimates is discussed. We conclude that although the liability system is costly in absolute terms, because it accounts for only a small proportion (2.4%) of total health care spending, medical liability expenditures cannot be the main, or even one of the most important, drivers of rising health care costs

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