Thursday, August 08, 2013
No link between tort reform, reduced defensive medicine.
The Insurance Journal (8/7, 18K) reports that a study in the August Health Affairs "found no consistent relationships" between "physicians' level of malpractice concern with objective state-level indicators of malpractice liability risk." Instead, "physicians' perception of their risk...predicts their practice of defensive medicine," suggesting "that traditional malpractice reforms, such as caps on damages, don't change how physicians practice." Unlike previous studies that "focused on physician self-reports of how they would treat hypothetical patients," this study used Medicare claims data to examine doctor's actual behavior.
This article just reaffirms the fact that a one-size-fits-all "remedy" (i.e., caps on damages) is contrary to our Constitutional principles and is nothing more than another corporate bailout for insurors and big business that don't want to be called out on the rug in front of a jury to answer for something they did wrong.