Thursday, September 30, 2010
Med mal update pt 2
Here is a comment from the Tort Deform blog on the contradiction between the fact that diagnostic errors are the leading cause of malpractice suits, accounting for as many as 40% of cases and costing insurers an average of $300,000 per case to settle, while tort reformers continue to claim that doctors order more tests and procedures than needed to protect themselves against malpractice suits. In other words, as they point out "40,000 to 80,000 people die every year because doctors aren’t ordering enough tests. But on the other hand, 91% of physicians say that doctors are ordering too many tests." Read the comment here.