Table 2

Malpractice payment characteristics by type of resolution, 2005–2009*

Settlement, n=56 850Judgement, n=1817p Value
Payment amount, mean (95% CI)317 447 (313 575 to 321 319)592 283 (546 777 to 637 790)<0.001
Payment amount, median (IQR)185 000 (63 250–406 850)324 450 (125 000 to 709 500)
Total payment amount (2009)3 190 000 000182 000 000
Number of payments >US$1 million (2009)1774207
Per cent of total payments >US$1 million (2009)15.43 (14.77 to 16.09)41.82 (37.47 to 46.16)<0.001
Mean time to resolution in years (95% CI)4.93 (4.91 to 4.96)6.50 (6.36 to 6.64)<0.001
  • *Data are presented in 2009 US Dollars.