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In an article written by doctors, the myth of lawsuit abuse as being the cause of the cost of health care is once again debunked. In Fact and Fiction: Debunking Myths in the US Healthcare System, by Sarpel, Umut MD; Vladeck, Bruce C. PhD; Divino, Celia M. MD; Klotman, Paul E. MD, published in the Annals of Surgery on April 2008 – Volume 247 – Issue 4 – pp 563-569 the doctors conclude:

The United States has the most expensive and complex healthcare system in the world. Despite the magnitude of funds spent on the system, Americans do not achieve the high standards of health seen in other developed countries. The current model of health insurance has failed to deliver efficient and effective healthcare. The administrative costs and lack of buying power that arise out of the existing multipayer system are at the root of the problem. The current system also directly contributes to the rising number of uninsured and underinsured Americans. This lack of insurance leads to poorer health outcomes, and a significant amount of money is lost into the system by paying for these complications. Experience from other countries suggests that tangible improvements can occur with conversion to a single-payer system. However, previous efforts at reform have stalled. There are many myths commonly held true by both patients and physicians. This inscrutability of the US healthcare system may be the major deterrent to its improvement. A discussion of these myths can lead to increased awareness of the inequality of our healthcare system and the possibilities for improvement.

In a list of popular articles in MDLinx – Neurology, this one ranked #4 meaning the medical profession is reading about the myths that their lobbyists at the AMA and The U.S. Chamber of Commerce are spreading about lawsuit abuse.

I have written on this recently and hope you will read additional facts in these articles:

Lawsuit Abuse? Medical Malpractice Crisis? Shame on Doctors and the AMA!

The Public Deserves The Truth About Lawsuit Abuse and Medical Malpractice

Focusing on reform of the insurance industry is necessary if our country is going to move forward economically. Doctors are not being paid fairly for their work because of the insurance industry stranglehold on the health care system. Taxpayers are left holding the bag for the large numbers of uninsured and underinsured patients. People are sick and not getting treatment or are getting inadequate treatment.

As an attorney I am willing to support doctors in taking on the real enemy, insurance companies. Are there any doctors willing to break ranks with the AMA and its co-conspirator the U.S. Chamber of Commerce both of which sip champagne with the insurance executives at our expense? I’d love to see a doctor stand up to Big Insurance.


  1. Gravatar for Jerry G. Hayes

    I desparately need an injury attorney to represent me in my lawsuit for injury and Medical Malpractice in Idaho.

    Can you help me yourself as I am being the paralyzed victim of Idaho politics and a ridiculous Damages Cap here.

    I can share in the costs of my case if you will represent me. If I can not get representation soon, the judge will probably kill my case. I am 100 percent mentally and physically disabled , brain damage and paralysis due to Emergency room failure to perform differential evaluation analysis when I had all the symptoms to alert the doctor to do blood test for West Nile Disease and Encephelitis.

    The ER Physician spent no more than 1 or 2 minutes and after an IV, he sent me home saying I only have heat exhaustion. After 7 days of the wrong diagnosis and the exactly wrong recovery direction, I woke up a week later falling to the floor now permanently paralyzed in my legs. After 8 days in a coma near death and after 10 weeks in the VA hospital, now I struggle to exist alone with no one helping me except VA Hospital doctor.

    PLEASE CONTACT ME and help me any way tou can. I NEED an attorney from outside Idaho! I can not fight this battle alone any longer!


    Jerry G. Hayes


    Eagle, Idaho

  2. Gravatar for Scott Greene

    The product of health insurance is to provide you with medical coverage when you need it.

    Unlike other businesses that need to provide you with their product in order to make any money, health insurance companies actually make more money for themselves when they restrict and do not pay claims.

    In other words, they make more money when they do NOT provide the product that you have paid them for.

    Read the 50 to 70 pages of your health insurance contract.

    Pay particular attention to the section entitled “limitations and exclusions”.

    People’s health is not a product that needs to be left to the whims of money motivated CEO’s and stockholders.

    If that is your thinking, you might as well have your police and fire department protection based on insurance premiums you pay.

    Then you can go to the police and fire protection insurance page for ‘limitations and exclusions’ on whether or not the police or fire department would come out to your house in the event of an emergency.

    The point is, you would never think of discriminating against another citizen if he was the victim of a fire or crime.

    So why would you be ok with health insurance companies discriminating against fellow citizens who have pre-existing medical conditions?

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