Traducers of health care reform often unfurl nasty lies about medical negligence but a new white paper brings down this issue contiguously, disparaging the monotonous myths with profound research and science.
In a series of reports from the American Association for Justice (AAJ), show the errors and faults behind the most widely used talking points for health care reform challengers.
Fabrication #1: Malpractice claims increments health care costs.
Actuality: The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) states that the total amount spent in defending claims and compensations martyrs was a mere 0.3% of all total health care costs. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Government Accountability Office (GAO) have also found corresponding data.
Fabrication #2: Tort reform will demit insurance rates.
Actuality: Tort reforms are approved under the guise that they will lower physician’s liability premiums. This never happens. While insurers do pay less money when damage awards are awarded, they do not pass savings along to their doctors by lowering their premiums. Even the most vehement reform will have no effect on insurance rates.
AAJ President Anthony Tarricone stated, “All the facts and evidence show that tort law changes will do practically nothing to lower costs or cover the uninsured. It’s no wonder why the tort reformers, insurance lobby, and other corporate front groups have to gin up lies and phony stats, since no legitimate data or research supports their claims. Our focus should be on reducing the 98,000 deaths by medical error that occurs every year, not limiting patients’ legal rights.”
Fabrication #3: Malpractice claims raise doctors’ premiums.
Actuality: Research has found that there is minimal interconnection between malpractice premiums paid by doctors and malpractice payments. A collaborate study of the leading medical malpractice insurance companies’ financial statements discovered that these insurers artificially raised doctors’ premiums and hoodwinked the population about the nature of medical litigations. A past AAJ report on malpractice insurers found they had earnings higher than 99% of Fortune 500 companies.
Fabrication #4: Doctors are absconding.
Actuality: Where would they go? American Medical Association states that the number of practicing physicians in the United States has been growing profoundly for decades now, not decreasing. So not only are there more doctors, but the number of doctors is rising faster than the population growth. Despite the sniveling that doctors are running away to other states and countries, in actuality the number of physicians is growing in every single state, and yet only four states saw growth slower than their population growth and oddly enough these four states all have medical malpractice caps.
Fabrication #5: Too many “superficial” malpractice lawsuits.
Actuality: There is a pandemic of medical negligence, not lawsuits. In fact, only one in eight patients injured by medical negligence actually files a lawsuit. Civil filings have actually declined eight percent in the last decade alone, and are less than one percent of the entire civil docket. A Harvard study in 2006 found that ninety-seven percent of claims were creditable, stating, “Portraits of a malpractice system that is stricken with frivolous litigation are overblown.”
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