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Some Quick and "Fun" Facts

December 6, 2009

· Medical malpractice is a tiny percentage of health care costs – less than one and a half percent of overall spending – according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Restricting patients’ legal rights would have little to no effect on premiums or health care costs.

· Medical malpractice suits are less than one percent of the entire civil caseload, and have been declining for nearly a decade.

· The GAO and CBO have found no evidence of so-called “defensive medicine,” instead determining that doctors run additional tests to generate more income or help diagnose patients.

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