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The Medical Malpractice Myth

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American health care is in crisis because of exploding medical malpractice litigation. Insurance premiums for doctors and malpractice lawsuits are skyrocketing, rendering doctors both afraid and unable to afford to practice medicine. Undeserving victims sue at the drop of a hat, egged on by greedy lawyers, and receive eye-popping awards that insurance companies, hospitals,

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Published September 15th 2008 by University of Chicago Press (first published December 1st 2005)
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Baker does a good job of taking dry material and discussing it in short concise sections. He does not belabor points (usually) and he does not drone on and on when a simple assertive statement will do. I believe there is some internal inconsistency in his main points, but for the most part it is refreshing to have someone discuss hot button political issues by referring to economic studies rather than anecdotes and unsupported opinions. Medical students should be required to read the book so tha ...more
May 02, 2009 Taylor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was assigned reading in my Torts class with Tom Baker. It was definitely eye-opening. The take home message is: there isn't an inordinate amount of medical malpractice lawsuits, there is an inordinate amount of medical malpractice. If you practice or are going to practice medicine it's a must.
Jul 11, 2009 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an EXCELLENT synthesis of med mal data out there, and really shows how the AMA and the insurance companies touting the medical malpractice "litigation crisis" are blowing smoke you know where.

I recommend to any health law researcher or geek looking for all the info in one place.
Oct 16, 2009 Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent analysis. Will write a full review when I have some more time.
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Very insightful. Well structured. Comes with common sense recommendations.
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Tom Baker, a preeminent scholar in insurance law, explores insurance, risk, and responsibility using methods and perspectives drawn from economics, sociology, psychology, and history. He is author of The Medical Malpractice Myth (Chicago, 2005), in which he attacks misperceptions behind the tort reform movement and proposes an evidence-based approach to medical liability reform. Baker’s work on mo ...more
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