HealthGrades, an independent healthcare ratings company, launched what it calls the first national database of physician malpractice records that are available to the public.
The records are gleaned from 15 states; the other 35 states don't report malpractice data.
Golden, Colo.-based HealthGrades said that between 2001 and 2005, approximately 3% of physicians got a malpractice settlement or judgment on their records. HealthGrades said the actual number is likely higher since some state records contain thresholds for reporting claims.
The database, available online at healthgrades.com, provides information on malpractice judgments, settlements and arbitration awards against physicians in California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia.
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