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What does this mean for the patient? Well, for one know your doctor. It's much easier to check up on a physician background including medical claims than it used to be. Patients can google the physician directly, seek help from the state medical board, and use license look-ups which many boards list any past claims. Or use a site such as For the People at www.forthepeople.com which lists the different states and tips how to look up info. Malpractice information is still far from transparent to the patient, but with a little effort you can get reliable information.
Even googling "physician malpractice claims" brings tons of sites for information on practitioners in every state.
Here's what's important: you're in charge. long gone are the days where you went to the family doctor he/she referred to another doctor and that was that. Grandma didn't question anyone in the system. It was assumed she was in the best of care. Gone.
Today you must take charge of your own care. Empower yourself with education on what your care plan, disgnosis, treatment, testing and so on, are all about. Seek help and guidance from trusted medical persons, and hold caution for strangers. Research what you need to know. It's what clinicians do!
Choosing who delivers your care, surgery, treatment and so forth may well be the most important part of your care and aftercare. Choose wisely my friend. Falling into the one percent puts you at a huge risk for a bad outcome.
When it comes to your healthcare, knowledge truly equals power.