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Insurance Costs Not Affected by Malpractice Lawsuits

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Yet another study has been published showing the the amount doctors are paying for their medical malpractice insurance is not related to payouts on liablility claims. See the full article. There have been so many reports and studies by so many independent groups for so many years, all showing that the “lawsuit crises” over medical malpractice is a hoax, that everyone should by now realize that politicians perpetuating this big lie have another agenda. Their agenda is to take away accountabilty and responsibilty for patient injuries so insurance companies can make more more. When will the doctors learn that it won’t bring down their insurance premiums?

The truth is that there is a medical malpractice crisis facing our nation. It has its origins in the operating room, not the courtroom. According to an Institute of Medicine study published a few years ago, between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die in hospitals every year due to preventable medical errors. Additionally, a recent study of just a sample of Pennsylvania hospitals found that hospital-acquired infections in that state alone are taking a staggering toll on patients and the cost of health care, resulting in nearly 1,800 additional deaths, increased costs of $2 billion, and 205,000 additional days spent in the hospital by patients contracting largely preventable infections.
In many instances, health care institutions could greatly reduce the number of preventable injuries and infections by simply increasing staffing levels. Deliberate short staffing is literally injuring or killing thousands of patients every year. Staffing is often the largest component of many health care institutions’ budgets. While decreasing staffing increases profits, the practice takes a horrible toll in patient lives and safety, and it should be stopped.