ATRA Survey Reports Frivolous Lawsuits Undermine Healthcare System, Prove Negative to Patients

April 1, 2004

  • April 1, 2004 at 7:26 am
    Dr. Paul Wilson CEBS, CPCU says:
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    Right,
    In Missouri, our insured health plans
    cannot subrogate. If your dog bites
    my son, my health plan pays for that.
    Then, I file a claim against you and your homeowners. I profit and keep the money. This is better than playing the lottery. This needs to be fixed.

  • April 1, 2004 at 12:54 pm
    Mike Nunn says:
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    Considering WHO commissioned this report
    I question th e impartiality of the results, due to
    olde fashioned COMMON SENSE.

    As a Healthcare Insurance customer who has had his rates jacked up to more than my montly mortgage OVERNIGHT and without REASON. I fail to believe that there is any justification for rates that RAPE the INSURED. other than the FACT that insurance companies can get away with this
    with impunity. IT IS SIMPLY IMMORAL TO TREAT THE INSURED THIS WAY!!!

  • April 1, 2004 at 1:16 am
    John Bryant says:
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    Special interest groups like ATRA who receive the majority of their funding from doctors, the AMA, the insurance industry, will always profess that the ills of the world are due to some-one, or some thing other than themselves. There are too many articles, studies, reports and evidence proving that the healthcare and insurance industry have brought the high rates upon themselves. The AMA continues to poorly, if at all, police itself and remove bad doctors. The AMA fights against any regulation which would require mandatory reporting for all providers for any instance of substandard care. The AMA continues to ignore the reccommendations of the Institute of Medicine. Still, 5 percent of the providers account for over 50 percent of the claims. The insurance industry, like in previous cycles, sold coverage below actuarily sound pricing to garner larger market share for investments. The last several years during adverse market conditions, the return on investment has not been able to support the premium shortage. Result, higher rates.

    Providers write off the cost of insurance as a business expense. They also seem to write off their failures which harm, maim, disfigure and kill PEOPLE, as simple accidents for which the provider should not be held accountable. Insurers, are just greedy and would prefer to place blame anywhere away from themselves.

    If a surgeon were injured in an accident by a drunk driver, the surgeon would sue with no regards to limits. This same surgeon, while drunk, can operate on a patient and kill the patient, but wants to have little or no liability. Why should providers be allowed to destroy a family by removing the ability of the breadwinner to continue to earn 50,000 a year through an act of negligence and the provider’s responsibility be limited to 100,000 dollars or less? Why should a family be forced into destitution while the perpetrator continues to live a life of luxury?

  • April 1, 2004 at 3:47 am
    Matthew Briggs says:
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    I have to agree that it may not all be from frivilious lawsuits.

    My Father is setting up an ISO management system for an area hospital. Within the first couple of weeks he identified $80,000 a year in waste just on their bed utilization process. The list goes on and on, he has been working with them for 2 years straight now.

    I’ll just say there is a lot of waste in the healthcare system.



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