Nice article from the AMA comparing medical malpractice systems in other countries to that in the US.
Litigation costs in the US are twice those in other countries, with half of US payments going to legal costs rather than compensating patients.
Few other countries allow cases to be decided by jurors. Most use judges or administrative procedures to determine liability.
Canada and the United Kingdom impose caps on pain and suffering awards to “screw the injured” (a “Mattism” – not actually quoted that way in the article).
Most European countries prohibit contingency fees which are almost exclusively used in the United States.
Canada, Europe and Australia all have loser-pays provisions in their medical malpractice systems. The US does not.
Sweden’s average award for 2004: $22,000. US median award for 2005: $400,000 with 21% of awards being more than $1 million.
Internists in Canada pay between $1800 and $3200 per year for malpractice insurance. Internists in Cook County and Madison County, Illinois pay more than $41,000 per year. Obstetricians in Cook County pay nearly $180,000 per year in malpractice insurance.
Unfortunately, the article quotes Common Good’s Phil Howard, so according to certain people who read this blog, none of it can be believed.