Debunking Medical Malpractice Myths: Unraveling the False Premises Behind “Tort Reform”

The title of this post is the title of a law review article that appears  in Vol. 5, Issue 1 of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics: Medical Malpractice Myths(1).pdf.

Here is the last paragraph of the article:

No one denies that there is a broad array of very serious health care
issues facing the United States right now-patient safety, rising costs,
availability and affordability of health insurance, and, in some places,
rapidly rising malpractice premiums (although they are easing as we enter
a soft market). But even with these problems, caps are not a solution.
Lawmakers and regulators should stop the insurance industry from pricegouging
their policyholders, even while the industry’s profits rocket
upwards. Moreover, doctors would better serve themselves and their
patients by directing their anger and efforts regarding rising premiums
toward the questionable practices of the insurance industry and the subset
of doctors who repeatedly commit malpractice without facing adequate
discipline. Seeking to take away patients’ rights is not the answer.

(Footnote omitted.)

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