The medical malpractice 'gravy train' rates a close second to the 'class action' extortion racket that lawyers have embedded in the American culture.
Under the new law, patients, health care providers and doctors could enter into a confidential mediation before going to court over a medical error.
Brilliant! Notice how there is no mention of lawyers or lawsuits. Anyone with a knowledge of the facts knows that lawyers, not the patients, are the ones who pursue the patients (ambulance chasers) and talk them into suing in medical mal-practice cases AND IN MOST OTHER civil liability cases: Over 15 million every year. That works out to one new lawsuit every two seconds.
Also notice that there is no mention of any 'caps' on amounts. Now what that means is simple, The plaintiff's (the suing lawyer's) chance of settling is next to none when he knows that an enormous payday awaits him in front of a jury with just some more (billable hours) of effort.
Most people who have ever attended an 'ordered mediation prior to trial' have left with the same result; a waste of the persons time, a cost to him for his lawyer and a cost of from $250 – $350.00 for a retired judge or 'friend of the court who is the official 'mediator' and who, as do lawyers, has no incentive to produce a positive result; his pay is the same for each and every meeting he can book…
Hopefully you will start to understand how this 'smoke and mirrors' tactic has been so effective for lawyers from a small civil suit, to the Simpson trial and up and most successful when they run and gain political office.
Here's the latest example:
John Kitzhaber signs medical lawsuit mediation bill
By March 18, 2013
SALEM — Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a bill Monday creating a new process for patients, doctors and health care providers to mediate disputes over medical errors.
Kitzhaber praised Senate Bill 483, the product of a work group tasked with coming up with a method of improving patient care and reducing defensive medicine.
"I think the result is a really innovative piece of legislation," Kitzhaber said.
Under the new law, patients, health care providers and doctors could enter into a confidential mediation before going to court over a medical error. Supporters hope the mediation process will prevent frivolous lawsuits from going forward. The law takes effect immediately.
The bill passed the Senate 26-3 and the House 55-1. Kitzhaber joked that those were "soviet-style majorities" and was amazed that such a contentious issue could be addressed with broad consensus. more….