amounts, and the intense pursuit of industrialism has fostered a greater sense of individualism since the 1970s. People sue because there are no other formalized means of redress. The media also shape the debate by sensationalizing the topic. Stories often focus on physicians and patients as perpetrators or victims, rather than providing thoughtful analyses of the situations that led to the outcomes. Finally, the evidence shows that women have more contacts with the health care system than men; therefore, they are injured more often during medical treatment.
In the next chapter we will see how the background from Chapters 1 and 2 create uncertainty in medicine by increasing the chances of system accidents.