You Say “Defensive Medicine,” I say “Second Opinion.”
Walter Olson quotes Charity Doc's post about problems with the health system. Surprisingly, Charity Doc considers the following to be defensive medicine.
spread[ing] the liability by consulting other doctors and specialists to get everyone under the umbrella...
Obviously, I disagree that consulting with one's peers is defensive medicine, except perhaps in the most obvious cases. But the rest of Charity Doc's complaints are worth reading. He assesses the numerous problems with our medical system. Might I suggest we work on the other issues he brings up before we try and take away patient rights?
"...When ~47 millions of Americans do not have health insurance, we have a big problem. When a person in America has to make a decision between food on the table or pills in a bottle to take for his/her medical problems, it is an national disgrace... When hospitals pass on the costs of healthcare to the public by marking everything up by 1000%, we all have to pay painfully... When hospital and HMO administrators without any clinical experience or medical background can dictate what tests and studies physicians can or cannot order, the ship is being run by idiots and is doom to sink... [If the HMO's are allowing the doctor s to get second opinions - I mean practice defensive medicine - what does that say? - Justinian]"Source: Fingers And Tubes In Every Orifice: Taking a break
I suggest checking out the rest of Charity Doc's post as this is just a sampling.
Cross-posted at Corpreform.com