I hate to jump on the "blame the media" bandwagon...which is pretty much the default position in so many walks of online life, from the political sphere to the anthropological, but Joe Paduda seems to be pointing us towards yet another reason to point our fingers: the media hypes up the impact of medical malpractice suits on the overal cost of healthcare in America. I know from some limited conversations I've had with a disgruntled doctor friend, that he brought up more angrily that his income was artificially limited by working with insurance companies than he brought up his malpractice insurance.
So, is it true for the average doctor (not an OB/GYN, not a brain surgeon etc.) that this doesn't put the squeeze on them like we've been told?
Even more than the over-emphasis on the personal impact of medical malpractice has probably been the over emphasis on the policy impact. Are politicians spending their time complaining about this issue, so they don't have to actually turn around and get something done on health care reform?
Cynical Me says "But, of course!"