Back in September, the Congressional Budget Office raised its estimate of how much money the feds would save if tort law were changed to reduce liability for doctors and hospitals.
Just last week a relative of mine was hospitalized…overnight. They do not live near me so I could not “manage” their care locally. The number of tests ordered for a relatively innocuous event was mind boggling. I called each of the specialists and discussed the case with each in detail. The story was the same… and I’m paraphrasing here: ” Well, you and I know this is nothing… but in this (medical-legal) environment you know we have to do these tests”. As expected (before tests were ordered) everything was normal and my relative went home… and the US taxpayer was hit for at least $3,000 in *unnecessary* tests. Now repeat this over and over and over….. I really don’t care what *the pundits* say…. defensive medicine costs *US* A LOT of money, and some form of tort reform might significantly decrease the cost of healthcare.