People, malpractice is one percent of the dollars, and it’s about 17th on the list of major health care problems and issues we face in this country! It’s the abortion issue of health care – polarizing way way beyond it’s importance.
Deal with it. With 40 percent of malpractice cases being baseless, there is certainly reason for the obsession with malpractice. When physicians let the threat of lawsuits affect clinical decision making, it’s a problem. And yes, that is what’s happening.
BTW, I never quite understood how people can interpret this study as anything but support for malpractice reform – unless they were elated with the 40 percent error rate.