The “medical malpractice” crisis has received much press. Over the last few years, more data has started to emerge that allows some testing of the arguments.
Two recent articles are interesting and suggest that some of the draconion “tort reform” efforts may be too much. One is a a Suffolk University article on May 13, 2008 that reports a study on malpractice cases in Massachusetts. It suggest that the “medical malpractice crisis” is overblown. Another is a May 18, 2008 New York Times article by Kevin Sack that reports favorable results for hospitals and doctors who disclose errors and offer to settle, at reasonable numbers.