What a strange study. Previous studies by the AMA have shown the exact opposite
(that doctors work longer hours to pay for med mal insurance). It sounds like
the results vary widely depending on who is doing the study.
Want a wonderful idea. Let's not hold health care providers accountable for
their mistakes. Cars became safer reacting to liability. Businesses focus on
safety to mitigate their liability.I learned that to analyze you
must look at the other side of any argument. In theory, risks are
important in the free market. It's risks that create economic incentives to do
the right thing.
This topic will be debated over and over again. For me (fortunately)
malpractice insurance isn't too expensive, but it definitely has affected my
scheduling. I think it is good to keep us up to date with
procedures and patient care, but unfortunately their are patients looking for a
quick income and they destroy our ability to treat others. We'll see if our CEO
Obama will "fix" all our problems with his "reform". Yes we can???
Hey Anonymous @4:40. You forgot to sign off with "one call, that's all." At no
point did the article or the study suggest health care providers not be held
liable for their mistakes. But I will suggest that reform is needed to protect
society from predatory lawyers. To suggest cars became safer only because of
liability is to suggest we would all still be driving Model T's if it weren't
for consumer protection laws. The market also dictates safety. Most automobile
manufacturers go above and beyond safety regulations, because it is a major
selling point with the public.
The constant threat of frivolous law suits kill doctor morale and cost us all
$$$$$$$ in defensive medicine. The only winners are the lawyers. Even the
legitimately injured are given only 1/2 collect. The plantiff attorney hits
jack pot. We all pay for the jackpot. The trial attorney adds no useful value
to our economy only detract from it. Common citizens usally are able to judge
the medical complexities presented at trial, especially when plantiffs are not
in the search for truth only manipulation of data for selfish gain.
The malpractice problem is that there problem is to much malpractice, not too
many suits. The Institute of Medicine says there are 100,000 deaths a year from
malpractice, but in 2008 there were only a few more than 3,000 malpractice
payments for cases involving deaths! The proportion of non-death malpractice
resulting in a payment is probably even smaller.Only about three
percent of physicians have been responsible for over half of all malpractice
payments since 1990. Many of them have multiple payments in their records but
no action against their licenses. Get the medical licensing boards to do
something about the few physicians causing the bulk of the problem, and you'll
reduce malpractice and save lives and money without denying compensation to
innocent victims. That would be treating the disease rather than
just the symptoms.