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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. hide caption

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

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Mark Winfrey (EyeMark)/

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

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Kaiser Health News

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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