July 11, 2001

Principles, Pragmatism, and Medical Injury

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Columbia Law School, New York, NY.

JAMA. 2001;286(2):226-228. doi:10.1001/jama.286.2.226

Health policy would be better off without certain terms. "Managed care" is one—no matter where one stands on consideration of cost in medical treatment. "Medical necessity" is another. But "malpractice liability" heads my list of semantic stowaways whose excess baggage imperils the vessel on which they travel. Much of the medical profession's resistance to regulatory accountability can be traced to the sense of betrayal and persecution most physicians feel when accused of malpractice.1

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