Medical Malpractice Claims and the Public Good

The Wall Street Journal has a piece entitled “What the Doctor Missed: Using Malpractice Claims to Help Physicians Avoid Diagnostic Mistakes, Delays.” This article underscores a point malpractice lawyers have been making for years: malpractice lawsuits can be a part of the solution to the problem of the sometimes anemic health care we receive in this country in spite of the fact that we have the best doctors in the history of the world.

The article also underscores that diagnostic medical errors are the most common, the most costly, and often lead to the most suffering.

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