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Health Courts Would Curb 'Staggering Waste,' Attorney Says



A Washington attorney argues for the creation of administrative health courts as "the only way you get rid of defensive medicine." Written rulings by judges would curb the cost of malpractice litigation, he says.



9 comments on "Health Courts Would Curb 'Staggering Waste,' Attorney Says"
Marcos A. Vargas, MSHA, PA-C (7/5/2013 at 1:32 PM)

Mr. Tyco Brade post is erroneous & nonfactual or non evidence-based. Why? because the literature (surveys,research, analyses) allways point to the fact that defensive medicne is practiced by over 75% (up to 97%)of physicians in our country. And those are the facts and not skewed opinions.But then again most people don't fact check their informational sources.
Thomas Cox (12/1/2012 at 1:12 PM)

Virginia has had the strictest medical malpractice tort reform in the country since 1976 and it has helped hold malpractice premiums down, but health care costs in Virginia have increased at the same rate as everywhere else in the country. I am not against tort reform that makes for a quicker, fairer, and less expensive process, but don't look to tort reform to reduce the cost of health care. The evidence of the real world does not support this theory.
Michele (10/23/2012 at 9:11 AM)

There have been NO reductions in healthcare costs in states that have enacted tort reform. As a matter of fact, Texas has the most dilligent tort reform and they have the second highest healthcare costs in the nation according to CMS. Why don't individuals that want national tort reform respond to this?? Where is the proof????
judy l schmidt md (10/19/2012 at 9:50 PM)

I agree with Tom Baker in THE MEDICAL MALPRACTICE MYTH. For all the errors and adverse events that occur in medical care very very few are actually reported. Patients are suffering needlessly. Patients are very protective of their doctors and very afraid to lose them. It is time for Physicians to come to the plate and Follow Quality Guidelines AND be more empathic!!
Marcos A. Vargas, MSHA, PA-C (10/19/2012 at 9:09 PM)

I concur with Mr John Murphy. As an expert witness/medical chart reviewer this is by far the most logical, practical to tame our runaway judicial system. It's very clearly that naysayers and or fearmongers (The ABA AND ATLA)will attempt to keep the american medical consumer ignorant[INVALID]what a shameful travesty.
sharbaugh (10/19/2012 at 9:35 AM)

The healthcare industry does not need more legal involvement via administrative healthcare courts. It's a bit ironic that a lawyer suggests a legal course of action: the only people who would make out in this arrangement would be lawyers!
Randy Lawrence (10/18/2012 at 11:28 PM)

Malpractice courts would make a huge savings in medical care costs. According to Price Waterhouse Cooper Accounting firm, $300 billion was wasted on defensive medicine costs in 2007. Reduction of this number would free-up a significant amount of money for patient care and healthcare savings. Although physicians often know that certain tests are unlikely to [INVALID] the course of therapy, they frequently order these tests to protect themselves from litigation in the outside chance that the patient may not do well and the test may have made a difference. This is defensive medicine and it happens every day throughout the country. Malpractice courts would significantly reduce the money spent on superfluous testing and procedures.
Tyco Brade (10/18/2012 at 3:27 PM)

The whole idea of defensive medicine is a complete to try to reduce insurance payouts when malpractice does occur. I've NEVER heard a doctor say he did a certain test because he was afraid of a malpractice suit. What I have hear docs says is they do test because patients demand it, technology is better than physicals, doing tests is how they are taught medicine, etc. Just look at the states that have enacted some tort reform: NOT ONE has seen a reduction in testing or costs. NOT ONE. Doctors do extra testing for one main reason[INVALID]they don't understand what that the diagnosis is or what the disease is doing. If you take away the threat of suits, they still won't know what the diagnoses are so testing continues.
John Murphy (10/18/2012 at 3:02 PM)

A fantastic idea, long over due.