The Great Medical Malpractice Hoax

Insurance companies (and some politicians) for many years have been contending that access to healthcare is being threatened because increasing medical malpractice insurance rates caused by “frivolous lawsuits” are forcing doctors out of practice.

A report from the Public Citizen, a non-profit consumers’ organization which analyzed data from the National Practitioner Data Bank, completely debunks this myth. In fact, the amount of insurance payments between 2001 and 2005 in medical malpractice cases declined by over 15{5fdd16ef34b61066f424b5cd5cbf7bb2334bf24e56c2c2df8c6fb533c216f4ff}. In Florida, the profits of the 15 largest med-mal insurers skyrocketed to $803 million in 2005 according to the Fla. Office of Insurance Regulation.

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