Malpractice and the adoption of medical technology /

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Author / Creator:Kingsley, Samuel Stephens, author.
Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, 2015
Description:1 electronic resource (67 pages)
Format: E-Resource Dissertations
Local Note:School code: 0330
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Other authors / contributors:University of Chicago. degree granting institution.
Notes:Advisors: Neale Mahoney Committee members: David O. Meltzer; Matthew Notowidigdo; Owen Zidar.
Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 77-02(E), Section: A.
Summary:A successful lawsuit must demonstrate that a physician's actions failed to meet the standard of care - a benchmark defined by the physician's peers. Raising medical malpractice pressure should therefore incentivize physicians to act similarly. This implies that physicians who adopt medical innovations may be at increased risk of litigation because early in a technology's diffusion, many of their peers have not yet adopted. Non-adopters may face similar jeopardy later for similar reasons. This paper employs regression discontinuity to demonstrate that raising malpractice pressure decreases adoption of novel surgical procedures early in their diffusion process but encourages their adoption once a critical level of adoption has been reached, usually greater than 50%.