The Hill reported the new medical malpractice study that (once again) proves that the cost of litigation for health care costs is minimal. The study shows medical liability consumes only 2.4 percent of the nation’s healthcare spending each year. The report shows that limiting the rights of injured patients will do practically nothing to lower health care costs.
Our focus should be on preventing the 98,000 deaths that occur every year because of preventable medical errors. The new study — published in the journal Health Affairs — found the annual cost related to medical liability is $55.6 billion. Most of that spending ($45.6 billion) is related to so-called "defensive medicine" — the preventative and diagnostic tests, drugs and other procedures that doctors prescribe in order to limit the risk of malpractice.