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Figure 1: Average insurance payment (in thousands of dollars) for closed malpractice claims, 1986–2002. Much like claims payments, legal-defense costs grew by about 8% annually during the same period, from around $8000 per claim to more than $27,000. Source: http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdoc.cfm?index = 4968

Figure 1: Average insurance payment (in thousands of dollars) for closed malpractice claims, 1986–2002. Much like claims payments, legal-defense costs grew by about 8% annually during the same period, from around $8000 per claim to more than $27,000. Source: <a target=http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdoc.cfm?index = 4968">