Health Insurance and Public Policy: Risk, Allocation, and Equity

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Who's Afraid of Being Sued: The Medical Malpractice Insurance Controversy

Edward J. Miller

Among the problems facing the states, the medical malpractice insurance crisis has impacted all. States in their capacity to license and discipline physicians, to regulate insurance companies, and to determine the rules of the game for civil suits (torts) find that they are the first-line actors in the problems and controversies over medical malpractice. All states within the last decade have taken actions to deal with the problem. This chapter focuses on delineating the problem and reviewing the policies that have been adopted or are being considered by the states.


THE MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CRISIS

The word "crisis" is overused today. We have a crisis in the environment, in education, in urban areas, and so forth. The overuse of the word reduces our sensitivities to problems that may truly be in "crisis"--a decisive moment that if corrective action is not taken a disaster impends. By a more strict definition, it is doubtful that the medical system is in crisis or has as serious problems as physician groups would suggest. Nonetheless, the changed medical malpractice environment in which physicians practice has altered the delivery of medical care. State governments, concerned with the health, safety, and welfare of the community, must monitor these changes and take action if necessary.

Medical malpractice is defined as "avoidable adverse outcomes in which a health care provider fails to adhere to the current standards of medical care and the patient is harmed as a result" ( U.S. Department of Health and

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