It’s high time that we consider malpractice caps in our society. Awards for doctor malpractice have spiraled out of control so quickly that most of us don’t realize what it’s doing to our health care system. These excessively high awards are making it impossible for doctors and hospitals to deliver the health care services we need to function as a society. As a result, failure to enact malpractice caps now will only make a dreadful situation worse.
If you don’t believe me, here are three things that would happen to our health care system if we fail to integrate malpractice caps into our health care system:
There would be a chronic doctor shortage in this country.
If you think we have a shortage of doctors now, you haven’t seen anything yet! If we don’t integrate malpractice caps right now, malpractice insurance premiums will continue to skyrocket to the point where more doctors will be unable to afford the premiums. This will drive too many doctors out of the industry. As a result, we will see a chronic shortage of doctors at a time where we can at least afford it.
There will also be fewer doctors who would be willing to specialize in treating patients with potentially life-threatening conditions.
We also need malpractice caps because there is a growing need for doctors who specialize in treating patients with potentially life-threatening conditions. If we continue to let malpractice awards spiral out of control, we will have fewer doctors who would be willing to treat those patients. This is because the risk of being sued for malpractice would become greater than what it is now. As a result, fewer doctors would be willing to treat patients who have conditions such as cancer or heart disease.
Finally, there would also be an increase in health care costs.
There is also the danger of a huge increase in health care costs. Doctors and hospitals would have to increase their prices to cover the additional risk of being sued for malpractice. Part of that increase would come from the increases in malpractice insurance premiums for doctors. Another part of that increase would come from hospitals that would have to prepare for any contingencies (like lawyers’ fees and court costs) that would result from being sued for malpractice. This would force patients (and health insurance companies) to pay more for health care costs. It could also drive many patients out of the market for health care services because the prices would become too expensive to pay.
Now that you know about some of the ramifications of uncapped malpractice awards, please call your senator and congressmen to let them know that you support caps on malpractice awards!