GREENSBORO, N.C., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical Justice, a membership-based organization dedicated to protecting physicians from meritless litigation, applauds Peter Orszag's comments recently in the New York Times regarding medical malpractice reform and the need for "broader use of evidence-based (patient care) guidelines." Medical Justice strongly supports evidence-based medicine and believes substantive tort reform needs to go beyond caps on pain and suffering.
"To lower the risk of being sued, today's doctors order more tests and procedures than necessary, a practice that is referred to as 'defensive medicine.' We believe strongly that appropriate standards of care, cost-effective algorithms and practice guidelines should be developed. To the extent that a physician stays within those accepted professional, evidence-based guidelines, that physician would be immune from litigation. If the doctor chose to deviate from those accepted standards, he/she would need to document the reasons they chose that specific path," says Jeff Segal, MD, JD, FACS and CEO of Medical Justice.
Medical Justice maintains that if evidence-based standards were utilized, patients would see higher quality doctors' care and tremendous improvement in healthcare costs. "The currently proposed healthcare reform just isn't enough. We must preserve the right of physicians to exercise their clinical judgment to make personalized decisions based on the specific circumstances and condition of the patient. Addressing the practice of defensive medicine is fertile ground for finding tremendous savings in our healthcare system," says Segal.
About Medical Justice
Run by physicians for physicians, Medical Justice, headquartered in Greensboro, NC, is a membership-based organization that offers proven services and proprietary methods to protect physicians' most valuable assets – their practice and reputation. The company offers proactive services to deter frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits, prevent Internet defamation and provide proven strategies for successful counterclaim prosecution. Medical Justice works as a supplement to conventional professional liability insurance. The frequency of frivolous suits is dramatically reduced for its plan members. For more information, visit our website at www.medicaljustice.com or call 877-MED-JUST (1-877-633-5878).
SOURCE Medical Justice