Today’s edition of The New England Journal of Medicine sheds light on an erroneous claim often made by medical malpractice insurance companies. The insurance community– and the current administration— has long claimed that high premiums are brought on largely by frivolous or unfounded litigation. Today’s article should settle this issue once and for all.
The NEJM (the world’s most prestigious medical journal) has studied this issue and reached a contrary conclusion. Premium dollars are primarily spent by paying valid claims of medical negligence, not in the defense of so-called “frivolous” suits.
Please contact your local legislator or member of Congress and urge the repeal of overly restrictive tort reform legislation. Don’t let the insurance industry hide behind the myth of “frivolous litigation.”