Author Affiliations: Department of Health Management
and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor (Dr
Jacobson); The Brookings Institution, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington,
DC, and Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore,
Md (Dr Bloche).
During the past 30 years, there have been 3 separate medical liability
crises. In the first 2 crises, which occurred in the 1970s and the 1980s,
either physicians experienced increasingly unaffordable insurance premiums
or many specialists were unable to purchase insurance at any price. The current
crisis has elements of both, especially for high-risk specialties. Cumulatively,
the recurrent crises have exposed the rawness of physician antipathy toward
attorneys and the legal system. That antipathy appears to be deeper and more
pervasive than ever before,1 making it hard
to imagine that relations between attorneys and physicians can get much worse.
Jacobson PD, Bloche MG. Improving Relations Between Attorneys and Physicians. JAMA. 2005;294(16):2083-2085. doi:10.1001/jama.294.16.2083