“Nowhere is the argument over ‘over-lawyering’ more intense than in the field of medical malpractice….”

by Walter Olson on October 21, 2009

CBS Sunday Morning this weekend profiled author, lawyer and reformer (Common Good/”health courts”) Philip K. Howard. Related: Progressive Policy Institute to press health-court idea on Capitol Hill? [AP/Washington Post]

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1 Tom 10.21.09 at 7:53 pm

First time reader. It’s well written, and even though I don’t agree with everything you say, you definitely make me assess the validity of my own positions.

Frankly, Mr. Howard is trying to hard to find an easy answer to a lot of complex social changes that have happened in our country since the second world war. I feel that lawyers are almost more of a symptom of the problem, though they are definitely guilty of accelerating the lack of personal responsibility and respect for our neighbors and community members that has been happening recently, they are not the only reason why.

2 SmartDude 10.21.09 at 11:25 pm

It is laughable to believe that even the most minimal tort reform will ever be a part of any “Health Care Reform” coming out of this Administration and Congress.

3 Michael Kirsch, M.D 10.22.09 at 10:37 pm

Amazingly, some lawyers I’m blogging with don’t think that defensive medicine is big deal. Maybe not on their planet, but it’s a disaster here on Earth. Why are so many innocent physicians sued? Why must we waste billions of health care dollars on defensive tests that patients don’t need? See http://www.MDWhistleblower.blogspot.com for some ‘earthly’ views on medical malpractice and health care quality.

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