As state lawmakers decide whether to pass medical malpractice caps as a means of tort “reform,” the Knox News Business Journal offers a debate between a doctor and an attorney who argue both sides of the issue. Lawyer Sid Gilreath argues for defensive medicine, and I must say that I agree:
I want my doctor to use defensive medicine. I want them to use anything available to make sure they are on the right track. When you are talking about a member of your family, your child, you don’t want a doctor taking shortcuts on some diagnostic test. It’s just like a recent case where a patient went into the hospital because he had a fall and hurt his neck and they didn’t X-ray. The next morning he woke up paralyzed from the neck down. They saved the cost of that X-ray, but the result is catastrophic because that person is paralyzed for the rest of his life.
As we all know, the insurance industry has convinced Doctors that lawsuits are pushing their malpractice insurance premiums to new heights. To their credit, it has been quite a successful campaign. Unfortunately, their assertions just aren’t accurate.