Med Mal Suits Hike Costs

To The Editor:

J. Robert Hunter, director of insurance for the Consumer Federation of America, is at it again. As usual, he is trying to make the data fit what he believes, rather than the reality of the situation–this time on medical malpractice. (See “Consumer Advocate Challenges Insurers on the Crisis’ in Med Mal Mkt.,” Oct. 7, page 10.)

However, the true disservice he does with his faulty logic–not only to insurers but to the medical community and consumers–is to turn attention away from the true solution to the problem, which is tort reform. While he is correct in identifying a hardening insurance market, his complete dismissal of the meteoric rise in medical malpractice claim costs makes one wonder[whether] he is simply unaware of what has happened to the size of awards in medical malpractice lawsuits.

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