The worst fiction is the notion that compensation for victims of medical negligence are to be regarded as “jackpots” or “bonanzas” or some other description that implies the victim has unjustly won some prize.
The fact is victims of medical negligence will suffer from those errors for the rest of their lives, and in no stretch of the imagination have they won anything other than justice.
The real solution to rising insurance premiums for physicians won’t be found by capping awards, but by reforming the insurance industry. In fact, the insurance reforms contained in the now overturned legislation spurred competition, and it was that competition that lowered rates for doctors. Those reforms work, and they should be re-enacted so doctors are not faced with unconscionable increases in their premiums.
Health care in Illinois will improve when, and only when, insurance companies are held accountable. True reform of the insurance industry will ensure a thriving health care system that works for all of us.
And that’s no fiction. It’s a fact.