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The Economic Measurement of Medical Errors

Research Projects – Health


The Society of Actuaries' Health Section is pleased to make available a research report measuring the annual frequency of medical errors in the United States and the total measurable cost to the United States economy of these errors. This effort is based upon an analysis of an extensive health care claim database and supplementary information.

The report was authored by Jon Shreve, Jill Van Den Bos, Travis Gray, Michael Halford, Karan Rustagi, and Eva Ziemkiewicz of Milliman, Inc. and can be accessed by clicking on the following links:

If you have any questions or comments regarding the report, please contact Steve Siegel, Research Actuary at ssiegel@soa.org.

The Health Section would like to thank the members of the Project Oversight Group for their valuable input:

  • Jim Toole, Chair
  • Susan Chmieleski
  • Michael Dekker
  • Allen Elstein
  • Derek Jones
  • Rick Kelly
  • Sujata Sanghvi
  • Steven Shapiro
  • Carl Taylor
  • Nancy Walczak
  • Sara Teppema, SOA Staff Fellow
  • Steve Siegel, SOA Research Actuary
  • Barbara Scott, SOA Research Administrator