Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Medical Malpractice Scare Tactics aka The Sky is Falling!!!

In a all-to-common attempt by Republican hacks to shill for the ultra-rich and corporations, we have Exhibit A: that malpractice suits drive up medical care. The facts? Portraits of a malpractice system that is stricken with frivolous litigation are overblown.

Center for Justice and Democracy points out the following facts from this article:
  • Most injuries that result in claims are caused by medical error.
  • Claims typically involve injuries that are severe.
  • Even though the large majority of claims (63 percent) involve error, those that do not involve error are not “frivolous.”
  • The vast majority of resources go toward resolving and paying claims that involve errors.
  • Most instances of medical malpractice do not result in a lawsuit.
  • Few claims result in court trial and with regard to those that do, juries are conservative.
Reminds me of the scary-titled 'Death Tax,' that is supposedly putting family farms on the auction block, without actual evidence that this is happening. Gotta love it.

1 comment:

Broca said...

That really pisses me off. There is a general consensus out there that most lawsuits are frivolous, but in many ways they are the only way to hold the powerful accountable. It's great that someone actually spent some time to figure our whether they are really frivolous.