Do Low Income Patients File More Medical Malpractice Claims?

Some doctors allegedly assume that poor patients are more likely to sue them for medical malpractice than their middle income and higher income patients. A new study published in the February 25 edition of the journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research found the opposite to be true.

According to the study results, low income patients are less likely to sue their doctors than
other patients. The study suggests that low income patients may lack the resources to start a medical malpractice case and may be unaware of the legal resources available to them.

It is hoped that the results of the study will encourage doctors to be more comfortable taking
lower income patients and help provide quality healthcare to people of all income levels.