“There’s a medical malpractice litigation crisis!”
That’s the rally cry we hear over and over again. It gets pounded into our collective pyche by the public relations machine of the AMA and the various Chambers of Commerce.
But what about bad doctors and the risks they pose?
Apparently it doesn’t matter. Indeed, a report was released last month by the AMA’s own respected medical journal (JAMA) pointing out that fully one-third of doctors would refuse to report a fellow doctor who was incompetent. Click here for an article about the study, and here for the actual study itself.
Talk about scary.
How can the medical industry seriously lobby state and federal legislatures seeking limits on medical malpractice suits and damages when the doctors themselves acknowledge that they won’t even police their own ranks?!