Author Affiliation: Department of Health Administration
and Policy, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences
Center, Oklahoma City.
According to Sage,1 “doctors hate
malpractice suits . . . passionately and continuously. . . .
Eliminating malpractice suits takes precedence over every other political
objective. . . . No contradictory belief, however well-reasoned,
empirically based, or sincerely held, succeeds in crowding out antipathy toward
malpractice from physicians’ minds. Not the large number of patients
who die unnecessarily each year from medical errors; not the desirability
of allowing patients to sue [health maintenance organizations] HMOs for improper
Budetti PP. Tort Reform and the Patient Safety MovementSeeking Common Ground. JAMA. 2005;293(21):2660-2662. doi:10.1001/jama.293.21.2660