We hear a lot of dialogue and debate in the maternity care world about the impact of malpractice lawsuits on most practicing physicians. Concerns about fears of liability driving up unnecessary tests and procedures are a big reason that women choose to opt out of the standard medical model of care. Rising costs of malpractice insurance premiums have sent many state and national OB groups to their legislators, asking for some kind of consideration in the milieu of health care reform options being considered in Washington.
A very interesting article published last week in Indiana (where legislators have set malpractice award caps) suggests that no amount of legislative reform will stop the flow of excessive procedures and defensive medicine among our nation's doctors.
Medical malpractice costs take spotlight. By Maureen Groppe / Star Washington Bureau
What do you think?