Category Archives: Defensive Medicine Is Insurance Fraud
The figure most commonly cited as the cost of all medical malpractice is about one half of one percent of all healthcare expenditures. Now, some people claim that figure is too low. So let’s double it and assume that medical malpractice costs add up to 1 full percent of total healthcare spending. Unquestionably, some portion [...]
When you do it because of lawyers, it’s defensive medicine. But when you do it for lawyers, it’s fraud.
At least that’s the impression I’m left with. Look at this: Las Vegas surgeon Mark Kabins agreed this afternoon in U.S. District Court to plead guilty to misprision of a felony in the ongoing federal medical malpractice fraud case. If the court agrees to accept the plea agreement, Kabins will serve six months in home [...]
Hospital CEO is careful not to admit his doctors practice defensive medicine, and misunderstands “loser pays”
David Dunlap, the President and CEO of Roper St. Francis Healthcare, wrote an op-ed in favor of “loser pays” in medical malpractice cases. Read the following paragraph carefully: A recent survey on defensive medicine was completed by more than 900 physicians, with about 83 percent responding that they do practice defensive medicine. The cost for [...]
Let me get this straight: A doctor actually admitted that he ordered $10,000 dollars worth of medically unnecessary tests in a single day, but he’s the good guy? Dr. Thomas Carlstrom has been keeping good notes. During a single day a few weeks ago, the Des Moines neurosurgeon, ordered about $10,000 worth of what he [...]
A commenter pointed this article out to me. I liked it. Think about it. Anyone who says he or she routinely engages in defensive medicine is admitting that they practice outside the standard of care. They admit that they routinely engage in conduct that is, by definition in every state, medical malpractice. Indeed, they are [...]