Table 3 Distribution of malpractice expenditures, by specialty, for the years 1997–2004
SpecialtyProportion of expense (%)
Obstetrics/gynaecology31.05
Orthopaedics26.58
General surgery14.93
Neurosurgery4.01
Otolaryngology2.93
Cardiothoracic surgery2.89
Anaesthesia and intensive care2.51
General medicine2.08
Urology1.90
Paediatrics1.62
Hand surgery0.96
Cardiology0.90
Ophthalmology0.81
General psychiatry0.71
Paediatric surgery0.70
Infectious diseases0.56
Plastic surgery0.55
Transplant surgery0.48
Oncology0.42
Rheumatology0.41
Other3.00