Medical practitioners payout hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to insurance carriers to cover insurance premiums in the event that they are targeted as possibly being charged with medical malpractice. Because the rate at which the general public is suing the medical community for their botched surgeries or misdiagnosed conditions the insurance premiums for doctors and hospitals has skyrocketed out of control. There is more money being spent on malpractice insurance by doctors than goes to pay the medical professionals for their service. In some cases over half of the money earned by a doctor are spent on insurance premiums to keep surgeons and specialists from going into bankruptcy in the event that a patient decides to go after them for medical malpractice.
It seems that as the doctors are paying out in premiums more than they are able to take home that some medical professionals would rather call it quits than see their hard earned income be drained by the insurance companies. While there are real malpractice cases that have legitimate claims for wrongful procedures and misdiagnosis the medical community is suffering from the threat of doctors that are fed up with the constant implication that they are in some way incompetent and lack the skills that they have trained so hard for through their schooling.
If doctors do start seeking work outside of the fields for which they were trained there may be an epidemic of patients that will not be treated because the medical industry would lack the manpower to handle the number of cases that each doctor would be forced to see. It seems that the only clear cut winners when it comes to medical malpractice are not the patients that successfully win law suits for legitimate claims, but the insurance companies that are taking millions of dollars out of the doctors pockets and forcing some caring professionals to call it quits.