A new report from Health Care Finance News continues to debunk the myth promulgated by insurance companies and their “paid-for” politicians that the nation is in a medical malpractice crisis.
From the outset, the states that fewer medical malpractice payments were made on behalf of doctors in 2009 than any year on record, according to the National Practitioner Data Bank which contains information about doctors and other health care practitioners who have had medical malpractice suits filed or adverse action taken against them
This finding contradicts claims that medical malpractice litigation is to blame for the rising cost of healthcare. According to the article
Last year was the fifth consecutive year that the number of payments has fallen and the sixth straight year in which the value of payments has fallen, according to the analysis. In contrast, U.S. healthcare costs have increased every year since 1965, the first year the data was recorded.
When I hear the propaganda cries from politicians serving their insurance corporate benefactors I continue to think of Abraham Lincoln’s statement that "I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."
Tort reform is anything but conservative. It simply allows government to take over the jury system and arbitrarily set amounts to benefit their biggest campaign donors. I always imagine a cross between Mr. T and Spock stating that “I pity the fool who doesn’t use logic.”