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According to a report recently released by Public Citizen, the business, insurance, and health care industries have been misleading lawmakers and the public about their “medical malpractice crisis.” Public Citizen says a very small group of doctors who make most of the mistakes is responsible for the belief in the U.S. that there is a “medical malpractice crisis.”
While the vast majority (82%) of doctors have not had a medical malpractice payment since 1990, only 5.9 % of the physicians in the U.S. were responsible for 57.8 % of the medical malpractice payments between 1991 and 2005.
So, insurance and healthcare industry lobbyists mislead both the public and lawmakers when they claim lawsuit abuse when lobbying legislatures to limit how much injured malpractice victims can be awarded.
A few bad apples have caused the perception that the whole bunch is spoiled. And injured victims have been blamed while insurance companies have reaped record profits for decades.