Doctors for Medical Liability Reform Refutes Claims Made In Public Citizen Study, “The Great Medical Malpractice Hoax”

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Doctors for Medical Liability Reform refutes the findings made by Public Citizen, the trial-lawyer “consumer” group founded by Ralph Nader, in its recently released study, “The Great Medical Malpractice Hoax,” citing flawed data and manipulated statistics.

So not only is the crisis real, we know from real life examples such as Texas and other reform states how to fix it. It’s time we instituted similar reforms on the federal level to cure this crisis nationwide.

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Doctors for Medical Liability Reform refutes the findings made by Public Citizen, the trial-lawyer “consumer” group founded by Ralph Nader, in its recently released study, “The Great Medical Malpractice Hoax,” citing flawed data and manipulated statistics. Public Citizen’s study claims that there is no medical liability crisis, as – according to their calculations – payouts in medical liability cases “are actually declining.”

Dr. Stuart Weinstein, Chairman of Doctors for Medical Liability Reform stated, “Let’s take a look at the fine print. It seems that Public Citizen is relying on the database of the National Practioner Data Bank, which ignores over 70% of claims filed against physicians, and which is so flawed that the Government Accounting Office has voiced serious concerns about it.

“Public Citizen also uses a massively overstated ‘inflation adjuster,’ and focuses on payments while leaving out attorney fees, which are the largest and fastest growing part of medical liability costs. I’m sure we’d all be better off if we didn’t have to pay the lawyers – but I somehow doubt this was the point Public Citizen is trying to make,” Weinstein said.

“At DMLR, we’ve often said that whatever studies purport to prove, the real world trumps them every time. Doctors who have been forced to abandon their practices, cut back on life-saving techniques, or uproot their families and move to less litigious states, know that the crisis is no hoax. And while Public Citizen and the liability lawyers who support it would like to blame escalating insurance rates on greedy insurance companies, they’re at a loss to explain why those companies have themselves been fleeing crisis states.

“It appears that the only ‘hoax’ here is the one being perpetrated by Public Citizen.”

“All one has to do to understand the problem is to look at the turn-around in Texas, where doctors were fleeing and patients were suffering, until the real public citizens of that state voted to reform its broken liability laws – including a cap on much abused non-economic damages. Now doctors are flooding back and setting up practices in once woefully underserved areas, giving Texans the ability to once again get the care they need, when they need it.

“So not only is the crisis real, we know from real life examples such as Texas and other reform states how to fix it. It’s time we instituted similar reforms on the federal level to cure this crisis nationwide.”

Doctors for Medical Liability Reform (DMLR) is a national coalition of 230,000 practicing medical specialists committed to protecting patients' access to healthcare by supporting federal legislation that will reform our nation's broken medical liability system. DMLR has launched a major national grassroots effort called Protect Patients Now that includes physicians, patients and concerned citizens across the country.

http://www.protectpatientsnow.org

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