More than ever, new bills and calls for reform are targeting the costs of medical malpractice lawsuits in both federal and state governments, with many stating that medical malpractice lawsuits harm health centers and raise the general cost of health care for everyone.
But who is behind the push to limit what medical malpractice victims can receive? Hospitals and insurance providers.
In 2010, a health care study found that medical malpractice lawsuits cost an average of $55.6 billion every year, with $45.6 billion of it actually due to defensive medicine. While this number seems to be incredibly high, this is actually only 2.4 percent of annual health-care spending. With such a small percentage of annual spending due to medical malpractice lawsuit payouts, the increasing cost of health care insurance is more due to inflation and other rising medical costs and not lawsuits meant to help injured victims cope with their losses.
Defensive medicine is the practice of doctors and hospitals to avoid potential medical malpractice lawsuits and avoid liability for any injuries or illnesses that may be blamed on them. Common examples of practices used in defensive medicine include procedures, tests, and visits ordered to simply prove that the doctor or hospital was not responsible for an injury. Preventative medicine can also include a doctor or hospital’s refusal to perform a procedure or avoid high-risk patients to reduce the chances of being liable for medical malpractice. In the end, these procedures cost great amounts of money and are often detrimental to a patient.
Medical centers and insurance providers will try their best to avoid paying compensation for medical malpractice lawsuits or to provide the smallest amount possible to a victim. These goals are to the detriment of medical malpractice victims everywhere, but are difficult to fight against without the aid of an experienced legal team.
At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our San Diego medical malpractice lawyersunderstand the toll of such acts of negligence and the need of obtaining compensation for often life-long disabilities and other losses. For information on how our legal team can apply our years of experience to your case, call us today at (619) 814-9000. We are armed to win.