The Edwardsville Intelligencer wrote a commendable editorial on the med mal cap issue yesterday. They’re right when they say egregious malpractice cases are more complicated than they appear. Caps, of course, ignore this fact, and apply the same standard to all cases, which only hurts victims of the most serious cases. My favorite part of the editorial is when they tamp down on the false cries that docs were leaving the state before the law passed:
In fact, repeated requests in the past from this newspaper for proof have never — and we repeat, never — been met with any kind of verifiable evidence.
In one instance we even found several area doctors named as leaving who, when contacted, adamantly denied ever considering such a move. Another doctor notified patients that he was leaving only to show up a short while later with another office in a different part of Madison County.
Sounds fishy to me. And yet this was supposed to be "tort reformers'" main argument for caps?