Ask high tech specialists about what most contributes to their practice overhead, and high costs of malpractice premiums, often $100,000 or more annually, will make the list.
Ask medical society executives what draws or distracts doctors to or from their specialty or their region of the country, and they will list malpractice premium costs.
Ask dispassionate experts what drives up costs of health care, and sooner or later, they will mention “defensive medicine” costs.
Ask doctors what issue health reform has not been addressed, and they will say “tort reform.”
Ask why this is so, and the answer is that the Trial Lawyers of America are a big contributor to the Democratic Party.
- A strong majority of voters – 75 percent – believe that “lawsuits and legal fees are a major cause of high medical insurance rates.” Eighty-nine percent of Republicans, 76 percent of independents and 62 percent of Democrats agree on this.
- Sixty-eight percent agree that “plenty of good doctors are leaving the practice of medicine because of the number of lawsuits and the cost of liability insurance.” Seventy-eight percent of Republicans, 64 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of independents agree. “