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Chest. 2008 Nov;134(5):1051-5. doi: 10.1378/chest.08-0186.

The basics of medical malpractice: a primer on navigating the system.

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  • 1Office of the General Counsel, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.


Medical malpractice with its associated costs, including insurance premiums, impact on practice, consequences for career and insurability, and emotional toll, is a reality of practicing medicine in the United States. Understanding the types of claims that may be asserted, the issues to consider when securing insurance coverage, how to manage the cost of insurance, the nuances of the claims process, and the implications of the claims process are critical to the successful management of this aspect of medical practice. This article provides a guide for practicing physicians on the legal, financial, and practical considerations involved.

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