The Frequency and Severity of Medical Malpractice Claims

@article{Danzon1984TheFA,
  title={The Frequency and Severity of Medical Malpractice Claims},
  author={Patricia M Danzon},
  journal={The Journal of Law and Economics},
  year={1984},
  volume={27},
  pages={115 - 148}
}
  • P. Danzon
  • Published 1 April 1983
  • Medicine, Economics
  • The Journal of Law and Economics
THE early seventies witnessed a rapid increase in the frequency and severity of medical malpractice claims.' In California, for example, both frequency and severity increased at an average rate of almost 20 percent per annum, cumulating to yield an increase in total claim costs per physician of roughly 40 percent per annum.2 As striking as the growth over time is the variation among states. For example, in 1976 there was an 18-fold range in malpractice claim frequency, per capita or per… 
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