Less than Half of Medical Malpractice Suit Dollars Go to the Person Suing

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Here’s another disturbing stat about health care: 54. That’s the percentage of medical malpractice money that goes to trial lawyers and administrative costs.

And guess who is expected to put up such a fight against any malpractice reforms that Congress just won’t go there? Trial lawyers, of course. Info courtesy of a WSJ op-ed (penned by a lawyer by the way):

The upshot is simple: A few thousand trial lawyers are blocking reform that would benefit 300 million Americans. This is not just your normal special-interest politics. It’s a scandal—it is as if international-trade policy was being crafted in order to get fees for customs agents.