Tom Baker talked about his book The Medical Malpractice Myth, published by University of Chicago Press. In the book he argues that the real problem with America’s medical liability system is too much medical malpractice rather than too much litigation and that recent rises in medical malpractice insurance premiums were caused by economic cycles instead of increasing claims. He criticizes proposed and implemented liability reforms and offers an alternative in the form of evidence-based medical liability reform that seeks to decrease the incidence of malpractice and also protect doctors from rising premium costs.
Following his remarks, Professor Baker was joined in debate by a panel moderated by Professor Klick. Using charts and graphs, the panelists discussed topics including increased litigation rates, payouts, and jury verdicts in malpractice suits. After their discussion, the panelists responded to questions and comments from members of the audience.