Medical Malpractice by Frank A. Sloan

By Frank A. Sloan

A entire research of scientific malpractice from felony, scientific, financial, and coverage views that considers why previous efforts at reform have now not labored and provides strategies for sensible, conceivable coverage alterations.

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23 Fitzpatrick (2003–2004) discusses the interplay of forces within insurance companies during various phases of the cycle. During downturns in the cycle, when the companies are losing money Why the Crises in Medical Malpractice? 1 The Price War of 1979–1981 Nye, Gifford, Webb, et al. (1988) describe a price war in the medical malpractice insurance market during 1979–1981. 5 percent in 1981). With interest rates on riskless securities this high, insurers aggressively reduced premiums to gain market share.

However, for various reasons, diversification will not eliminate all such risk, and higher “nondiversifiable” risk is expected to be reflected in higher premiums as well. Another nondiversifiable risk relates to the relationship between the variability of underwriting results and the variability of returns on a well-diversified portfolio of securities. If returns on the sale of insurance and on investments are negatively correlated (as in personal portfolios, bonds tend to increase in price during recessions as interest rates fall while stock prices tend to decrease), then selling insurance reduces the overall nondiversifiable risk, and conversely if there is a positive relationship.

A similar example is the concerns about $100 or even $300 per barrel oil prices that followed the substantial increase in oil prices in 2005–2006. Clearly, medical malpractice is not the only subject area in which cycles and trends are confused. 30 Chapter 2 Second, advocates on both sides of the medical malpractice issue make their cases for change or preserving the status quo based on whom they identify as the “culprits”—those who are allegedly responsible for the crisis. ”5 On the other side are those who blame interest rates, and possibly insurer pricing practices, for the crisis.

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