Myths about Medical Malpractice: Crisis or Hoax?

side note: This is the second part to Mahar’s ongoing look at the condition of the United States’ medical professional liability environment. It’s a lengthy examination, but well worth taking the time to read.

By MAGGIE MAHAR
Conservatives call it the “malpractice crisis.” Public Citizen, a liberal non-profit consumer organization based in Washington D.C., calls it “The Great Medical Malpractice Hoax.”

No doubt you have read that ambulance-chasing lawyers have escalated their assault on health care providers, and that as a result, malpractice insurance premiums have been levitating, along with malpractice suits, further hiking the cost of medical care.

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