Doctors who talk to a patient before surgery are less likely to operate on the wrong limb than those who first see the patient when he or she arrives in the operating room. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Nearly $1.3 billion was paid in malpractice claims for outpatient events in 2009. Mark Winfrey (EyeMark)/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Click on the map to explore geographic variations in Medicare payments per enrollee. Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Doctors: would you respond to an in-flight emergency without your instruments handy? Cimmerian/iStockphoto hide caption

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In this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., takes part in a reenactment of her swearing-in, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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