Monday, September 12, 2011

Real Health Care Reform

If Tennessee and other States really want to address health care costs in a serious way, medical malpractice reform is a necessity:

Every doctor has to employ a staff nurse (or they should), and hospitals have to employ countless people other than doctors and nurses-X-ray technicians, dieticians, kitchen staff, certified nurse assistants-just to name a few. All of these people are worth their weight in gold to a hospital, they work long and odd hours, and they have to be paid and very well. In addition to the aforementioned folks, however, there is the reality that medical practitioners are now obliged to carry medical malpractice insurance policies on themselves that are so high that it would be cost-prohibitive for them to continue practicing medicine if they didn't pass those high costs on to patients.

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