Malpractice cases drop, but views on why differ

From the Des Moines Register:

Iowa patients are suing their doctors for malpractice half as often as they used to, which has helped drive down malpractice-insurance premiums for many physicians.

Doctors speculate that malpractice lawsuits are becoming rarer because they have cut down on medical mistakes. But plaintiffs’ lawyers say they’re filing fewer cases because it’s become more expensive to press lawsuits.

Despite the decline in cases, the two sides continue to debate whether malpractice lawsuits help drive up health care costs.

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