Let me start by reminding you all that I was trained as a lawyer. So, my point of view may be a little slanted. However, I no longer practice, and never had a trial practice. So, please don't accuse me of being one of "them."
We have heard a lot from the Bush campaign about the need to make wholesale changes in medical malpractice litigation, to stop those greedy lawyers from filing frivolous lawsuits, which are being blamed as a major cause for exploding health costs.
Do any of you on this forum have any statistics to back up this claim? Let's assume that all medical malpractice lawsuits were banned. If that could happen, what would be the impact on medical costs?
The entire public discussion about medical malpractice has bothered me for some time. It seems to demonize lawyers, while saying nothing about those who cause the problem: the doctors and medical personnel who provide the services that cause the harm to people, which lead to the lawsuits.
For every medical malpractice lawsuit, there needs to be somebody who was allegedly medically harmed by a care provider. And, for every medical malpractice lawsuit, there must be a care provider who allegedly provided negligent services. Otherwise, there could be no lawsuit.
That being the case, why isn't there more public debate about the level of care being provided in this country today? Why isn't there more anger at the amount of shoddy health care being provided?