Thursday, January 13, 2011
Comment on medical malpractice reform
Joanne Doroshow, of the Center for Justice and Democracy, has published a short article on medical malpractice in which she laments the fact that the new U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has announced once again that he'll be convening hearings soon to examine, among other things, "the role medical malpractice reform can play in reducing health care costs." As she suggests, this will continue to repeat all the already thoroughly discredited notion that taking away injured patients' legal rights will help reduce health care costs and will result in better and more efficient health services. Too bad there is no empirical support for the conclusion. For previous posts on this and more information and sources go here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here OR just click on the "medical malpractice" tab on the right side under the heading "search for posts by topic."