Medical Malpractice Myth

ISBN-10: 0226036499

ISBN-13: 9780226036496

Edition: N/A

Authors: Tom Baker

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American health care is in crisis because of exploding medical malpractice litigation. Insurance premiums for doctors and malpractice lawsuits are skyrocketing, rendering doctors both afraid and unable to afford to practice medicine. Undeserving victims sue at the drop of a hat, egged on by greedy lawyers, and receive eye-popping awards that insurance companies, hospitals, and doctors themselves struggle to pay. The plaintiffs and lawyers always win; doctors, and the nonlitigious, always lose; and affordable health care is the real victim. This, according to Tom Baker, is the myth ofnbsp;medical malpractice, and as a reality check he offersThe Medical Malpractice Myth, a stunning dismantling of this familiar, but inaccurate, picture of the health care industry. Are there too many medical malpractice suits? No, according to Baker; there is actually too much medical malpractice, with only a fraction of the cases ever seeing the inside of a courtroom. Is too much litigation to blame for the malpractice insurance crisis? No, for that we can look to financial trends and competitive behavior in the insurance industry. Point by point, Baker—a leading authority on insurance and law—pulls together the research that demolishes the myths that have taken hold and suggests a series of legal reforms that would help doctors manage malpractice insurance while also improving patient safety and medical accountability. The Medical Malpractice Mythis a book aimed squarely at general readers but with radical conclusions that speak to the highest level of domestic policymaking.
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 222
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

The Medical Malpractice Myth
We Have an Epidemic of Medical Malpractice, Not Malpractice Lawsuits
We Have an Insurance Crisis, Not a Tort Crisis
The Malpractice Insurance Companies’ Secret
Why We Need Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
The Goods on Defensive Medicine
Dr. Bill May Be Gone, But Dr. Jane Is Here to See You
Evidence-Based Medical Liability Reform
Acknowledgments
Notes
References
Index
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