The recent article about the large amount of settlements in malpractice claims reveals the inequities in the medical system and how the trial lawyers continue to be getting favorable treatment while the actual delivery of medical care is controlled ("Doctors, hospitals concerned about hefty malpractice awards," Aug. 4).
The Sun article highlights that since 2011 there has been $890 million in settlements paid out. Keep in mind that the trail lawyers receive anywhere from 25-to-33 percent of the settlement.
And this is flat out not fair.
Medical costs and the delivery of medical care have been spiraling out of control since the 1970s. Yet the industry that delivers the care, the hospitals, doctors and insurance companies who manage the payment process, all have had to sacrifice greatly to keep costs in line. Doctors have had their fees slashed by the insurance industry and today under healthcare reform with Obamacare, the insurance industry is regulated on how much they can charge for administering the eligibility and payment process. And these two industries take the financial and professional risk of managing the care.
Yet the trial lawyers, who have no stake in the delivery of medical care, chase the ambulance when the .1 percent of the care that goes wrong and can get as much as they can with, unlike the rest of the industry, no controls or caps or government regulation.
Until the malpractice claims and the legal industry have caps placed on their settlement, the medical industry will never be able to practice its profession efficiently.
Steven J. Murfin, OlneyCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun