The simple reason is that every physician wants to avoid being sued.Win or lose, the ordeal of a malpractice trial is a devastating experience.
But do good doctors really need to be this paranoid? Yep.
A landmark study from The New England Journal of Medicine analyzed more than 1,400 malpractice claims and found that in almost 40% of cases, no medical error was involved.
But that doesn’t matter to
shakedown artists trial lawyers like John Edwards. Well, then, what can be done?
Remove the incentives to order defensive tests. Specifically, the malpractice system needs to do a better job to not try doctors who experience poor medical outcomes despite practicing the appropriate standard of care.
The key is tort reform. Unfortunately, the people who control Congress these days are owned by by the trial lawyers. So, don’t look for that $210 billion add on to go down any time soon.