TorteDeForm

Justinian Lane

What effect will tort “reform” have on healthcare spending?

This is a rather colorful analogy.

To think that [tort “reform”] would significantly change health care costs is like believing that a Mack truck can be diverted by a June bug — even a moderately large June bug — hitting its windshield.

There are reasons to suspect even that analogy overstates the result.

Source: Tort reform won't control health spending. - STLtoday.com

I would also point out that fear-of-being-sued is not the only reason that doctors order unnecessary procedures.  Remember, doctors charge money for and get paid for even unnecessary procedures.  Even if we completely eliminate all medical malpractice lawsuits, there will still be doctors who order unnecessary procedures just because it puts money in their pockets.  Let’s not pretend otherwise.

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Posted at 12:41 PM, Feb 16, 2010 in Medical Malpractice
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Rob

Posted by: Rob Martinez | February 24, 2010 1:12 AM

The CBO puts the cost of medical malpractice at approximately 2% of the cost of health in the US. Of that percentage what percent are frivolous lawsuits? Is it 10% of that 2%, 20% of that 2%? Is it this 10% or 20% of that 2% what is is driving defensive medicine? And of the total percent of defensive medicine what percentage of that is unnecessary and adds no value to the health care system?

Posted by: Mark Baird | March 2, 2010 9:25 PM