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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Medical Malpractice National Data Bank

Statistics are out, and payments issued to people injured by doctors are down for the 13th straight year, a incredible 44%.  Wisconsin had the fewest payments in the US per population:



The National Practitioner Data Bank information for 2014 came out last Friday.   The number of payments to people injured by doctor errors went down for the 13th year in a row.  Here are the numbers:

NPDB PAYMENTS FOR DOCTOR ERRORS 2001-2014
2001 - 15,898
2002 - 15,141
2003 - 15,124
2004 - 14,516
2005 - 13,613
2006 - 11,737
2007 - 11,256
2008 - 10,862
2009 - 10,783
2010 - 9,885
2011 - 9,780
2012 - 9,518
2013 - 9,447
2014 - 8,875

That represents a 44% drop in the number of payments from 2001 through 2014.

The following is the 2014 number of payments per population, ranking the states from the most number of payments to the least number of payments per population:


2014: STATE RANKINGS: NUMBER OF PAYMENTS FOR DOCTOR ERRORS PER POPULATION

Rank    State    Population       Number of Payments  Payments per Population       
U.S.     319,425,019    8,875                           1:35,992
1.         NY      19,746,227      1,324                           1:14,914
2.         LA       4,649,676        246                              1:18,901
3.         PA       12,787,209      638                              1:20,043
4.         NJ        8,938,175        414                              1:21,590
5.         WV     1,850,326        83                                1:22,293
6.         KS       2,904,021        116                              1:25,035
7.         FL       19,893,297      755                              1:26,349
8.         RI        1,055,173        40                                1:26,379
9.         IN        6,596,855        245                              1:26,926
10.       NM      2,085,572        74                                1:28,183
11.       NH      1,326,813        44                                1:30,155
12.       ME      1,330,089        44                                1:30,229
13.       MA      6,745,408        220                              1:30,661         
14.       SD       853,175           26                                1:32,814
15.       OK      3,878,051        115                              1:33,722
16.       MT      1,023,579        30                                1:34,119
17.       MI       9,909,877        290                              1:34,172
18.       MD      5,976,407        163                              1:36,665
19.       CT       3,596,677        98                                1:36,701
20.       KY      4,413,457        119                              1:37,088
21.       MS      2,994,079        75                                1:39,921
22.       WY     584,153           14                                1:41,725
23.       MO      6,063,589        145                              1:41,818


24.       SC       4,832,482        112                              1:43,147
25.       AZ       6,731,484        153                              1:43,997
26.       DE       935,614           21                                1:44,553
27.       UT       2,942,902        66                                1:44,589
28.       NE       1,881,503        42                                1:44,798
29.       CA      38,802,500      861                              1:45,067
30.       GA      10,097,343      206                              1:49,016
31.       OR      3,970,239        79                                1:50,256
32.       IL        12,880,580      254                              1:50,711
33.       IA        3,107,126        54                                1:57,539
34.       WA     7,061,530        121                              1:58,360
35.       TN       6,549,352        112                              1:58,476
36.       AR      2,966,369        49                                1:60,538
37.       TX       26,956,958      407                              1:66,233
38.       OH      11,594,163      175                              1:66,252
39.       AK      736,732           11                                1:66,976
40.       ID        1,634,464        24                                1:68,103
41.       NV      2,839,099        41                                1:69,246
42.       CO      5,355,866        77                                1:69,557
43.       HI        1,419,561        20                                1:70,978
44.       VA      8,326,289        110                              1:75,694
45.       VT       626,562           8                                  1:78,320
46.       DC      658,893           7                                  1:94,128
47.       NC      9,943,964        102                              1:97,490
48.       AL       4,849,377        40                                1:121,234
49.       MN      5,457,173        39                                1:139,928
50.       ND      739,482           5                                  1:147,896
51.       WI       5,757,564        37                                1:155,610

As usual, Wisconsin had the fewest number of payments per population. 

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