Last night, I was watching the local news, and they ran a story about medical tourism. The premise of the story was that more and more Americans are traveling overseas to have medical procedures performed because the cost is so much cheaper. I was mildly interested in the story until they interviewed a doctor about the practice. At that point, the doctor started listing reasons to have the services performed here, and imagine my surprise when he stated how important it was to have a medical malpractice system that could help the patient in case something goes wrong. I was surprised. I certainly don’t remember many doctors defending the medical malpractice system in the last few years. Instead, all I remember is doctors talking about the abuses of the system and pushing for reforms that all but abolished most med mal claims in Texas. I guess they take a different view of the system when it provides a reason to help them stay in business.
You can watch the story here (and while you’re there, suggest to the station that they allow others to embed their stories).