Health Care Courts

Filed under: by: Hey Doc Wait

This is absolutely brilliant, in my opinion. If we completely revise the way malpractice suits are handled, it changes the whole equation. Malpractice suits don't properly compensate victims (but they do compensate their lawyers, who have their own bills to pay), and drive up health care costs both directly (cost of claims and malpractice insurance) and indirectly (defensive medicine, etc). If we had a way to make the system more fair to doctors (who can have their livelihood taken away even when following best available guidelines) and to patients (many of whom do not ever file for compensation, even when they have truly been harmed), then we all win.

Are health courts the only answer? No, of course not, but perhaps they are an answer that works, which is what matters.