Patient advocates dispute AMA conclusions on malpractice study

A new study from the American Medical Association about malpractice lawsuits has an eye-catching statistic: Six out of 10 physicians 55 and older have been sued, according to the AMA. But is it really true?

"Even though the vast majority of claims are dropped or decided in favor of physicians, the understandable fear of meritless lawsuits can influence what specialty of medicine physicians practice, where they practice and when they retire," AMA Immediate Past President J. James Rohack, MD., said in a statement. "This litigious climate hurts patients' access to physician care at a time when the nation is working to reduce unnecessary health care costs."

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