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  •  Canada has Single Payer health care (5+ / 0-)

    and they don't have malpractice lawsuits as we know it.  The medical profession is a self-regulating profession which is responsible for getting bad doctors out of the profession.  

    Do they make mistakes?  Hell yes.  An average employer will tell you that they expect a 5% error rate to be good in most occupations.  Not good enough for the medical profession.  But in Canada, if they break it, they fix it.  And it doesn't cost you more to get it fixed.

    And they do remove credentials for doctors but probably not at the rate they could.

    It is not about tort-reform.  Protecting the insurance companies and hospitals from malpractice without a way to prevent malpractice cannot save money.  But if they deal with healthcare as a system, we will have far fewer malpractice cases if you are not always in an oppositional position to your doctor or the insurance companies who restrict their right to practice good medicine.

    "Progress" is the core of progressive. Two steps forward. One step back.

    by captainlaser on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 08:17:55 AM PST

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