Friday, November 20, 2009

More on med mal and the health care reform debate

A few days ago, I posted a link to an article and a study that refutes the tort reformers' frequent argument that we need to institute draconian caps on damages awards because doctors are leaving their practices or moving to states where they have more protection. (see here). Here is a link to another short article discussing that same study that points out that the evidence seems to suggest that doctors prefer to practice where clients are insured regardless of whether they are protected from malpractice actions. It concludes, "Ask a doctor if they’d rather practice in White Plains, where everyone has health insurance and the doctor risks being sued, or if they’d rather practice in the California central valley (or any other poor, uninsured area) and be completely immune to malpractice lawsuits. Most doctors are going to pick White Plains because money matters."

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