Fear of malpractice suits cause doctors to reduce work hours, BYU study says

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  • Bob
    Feb. 3, 2010 7:44 a.m.

    The malpractice problem is that there problem is to much malpractice, not too many suits. The Institute of Medicine says there are 100,000 deaths a year from malpractice, but in 2008 there were only a few more than 3,000 malpractice payments for cases involving deaths! The proportion of non-death malpractice resulting in a payment is probably even smaller.

    Only about three percent of physicians have been responsible for over half of all malpractice payments since 1990. Many of them have multiple payments in their records but no action against their licenses. Get the medical licensing boards to do something about the few physicians causing the bulk of the problem, and you'll reduce malpractice and save lives and money without denying compensation to innocent victims.

    That would be treating the disease rather than just the symptoms.

  • Suits cost everyone
    Feb. 2, 2010 4:55 p.m.

    The constant threat of frivolous law suits kill doctor morale and cost us all $$$$$$$ in defensive medicine. The only winners are the lawyers. Even the legitimately injured are given only 1/2 collect. The plantiff attorney hits jack pot. We all pay for the jackpot. The trial attorney adds no useful value to our economy only detract from it. Common citizens usally are able to judge the medical complexities presented at trial, especially when plantiffs are not in the search for truth only manipulation of data for selfish gain.

  • Andre
    Feb. 2, 2010 4:55 p.m.

    Hey Anonymous @4:40. You forgot to sign off with "one call, that's all." At no point did the article or the study suggest health care providers not be held liable for their mistakes. But I will suggest that reform is needed to protect society from predatory lawyers. To suggest cars became safer only because of liability is to suggest we would all still be driving Model T's if it weren't for consumer protection laws. The market also dictates safety. Most automobile manufacturers go above and beyond safety regulations, because it is a major selling point with the public.

  • new Doc
    Feb. 2, 2010 4:44 p.m.

    This topic will be debated over and over again. For me (fortunately) malpractice insurance isn't too expensive, but it definitely has affected my scheduling.

    I think it is good to keep us up to date with procedures and patient care, but unfortunately their are patients looking for a quick income and they destroy our ability to treat others. We'll see if our CEO Obama will "fix" all our problems with his "reform". Yes we can???

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 2, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    Want a wonderful idea. Let's not hold health care providers accountable for their mistakes. Cars became safer reacting to liability. Businesses focus on safety to mitigate their liability.

    I learned that to analyze you must look at the other side of any argument.

    In theory, risks are important in the free market. It's risks that create economic incentives to do the right thing.

  • Personal Injury Attorney
    Feb. 2, 2010 4:20 p.m.

    What a strange study. Previous studies by the AMA have shown the exact opposite (that doctors work longer hours to pay for med mal insurance). It sounds like the results vary widely depending on who is doing the study.