Medical liability and healthcare reform

Just a thought I had while reading the statement by Peter J. Mandell, MD, to the Senate Judiciary Panel regarding insurance/medical reform (“Dr. Mandell addresses House Committee,” AAOS Now, November 2009):

This and many other statements refer to the “insurance industry,” the “pharmaceutical industry,” the “hospital industry,” the “device industry,” and so on. Yet we, our politicians, and the public continue to refer, in somewhat more reverent terms, to the “legal profession,” implying that they are somehow above all the mere money.

At least insofar as it pertains to rampant medical liability, why don’t we propose to call it what it is: “the lawsuit industry?” Semantics matter to the reading and listening masses, so let’s put the lawsuit industry on the equal footing it deserves with the rest of the profit players in this debate.

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