24 August 2005

Lawyers...

Looks like my sisters-in-law both will be required to get C-sections should either decide to reproduce again. The reason: medical malpractice lawsuits.

3 comments:

Josh said...

I think Edwards only did product liability, not medical malpractice.

Do the insurance companies have any blame in this calculation? While I keep hearing about doctors leaving their practices because of medical malpractice insurance rates, I have yet to hear of an insurance company going out of business. In fact, they seem to be doing quite well. Gleaming buildings and pretty advertisements.

Stewart Bushman said...

Actually, no. Edwards sued ob/gyns, psychiatrists, and neurosurgeons mainly. I won't blame the insurance companies. It's a cost-benefit analysis. Their whole business is gambling. They bet you won't get sued, while you bet you will. They set the odds. When an ob/gyn is sued once every three years, they become a hell of a bad risk. The same goes for life insurance...once you've got a terminal or chronic disease like cancer or diabetes, you're effectively uninsurable. There's a tipping point where everyone wins...but right now, it's only the attorneys.

Josh said...

No, no, no. The insurance companies always win. Once the odds are no loger in their favor, they don't offer the service any more.

My bad on Edwards's record, but your bad on using the Times as a source.