Malpractice reform, a bad idea?

DrRich takes a contrarian view:

The threat of malpractice litigation, as wasteful and counterproductive as it is, provides at least some degree of balance in the doctor-patient encounter, and gives doctors (even those whose professional pride has been successfully eroded by all the many efforts aimed at doing just that) a good reason to always ask themselves, “Is this action I’m about to take the action that THIS patient really needs me to take?”