Point of Law suggests that medical malpractice lawyers and their lobbyists are behind the often cited Institute of Medicine’s report that medical malpractice kills 100,000 people a year.
Who knows? How do you argue the methodology without digging through the methodology? I just don’t know. But it is important to point out that the Institute of Medicine was a government agency without a real horse in the race.
I realize that one of the investigators thinks the data was misused and there is talk that drug abuse victims were counted as malpractice deaths. But, really, what if the number is 50,000? That’s almost 3 a day for every state in the United States. Think about that for a second. It is still way too many.