Re "Study Questions Emphasis in Medical Malpractice" by Allan Parachini, Sept. 20: To isolate medical malpractice from the universe of malpractice that may be provided by the rest of the world other than medical practitioners is to ignore the ubiquitous liability insurance crisis to which all are exposed because of civil tort law as it now exists.
Witness the recent near inability for the RTD to be insured. Witness the recently reportedly inability for child care facilities to be insured. Observe the number of municipalities and other political entities, such as counties and states that have either been bankrupted or nearly so because of liability suits.
To say that people's lives are more at stake when under medical care than at other times flies in the face of logic. A person's life is at stake when a police officer's bullet flies through the air. How many lives are at stake when an airplane soars through the sky? How many lives are lost when a hotel walkway collapsed secondary either to engineering or architectural malpractice or materials not up to specifications? In other words, physicians do not have a priority in having people's lives in their hands.
Furthermore, to suggest as reported in your story that medical malpractice suits are a mechanism to punish physicians, or to weed out the incompetent physicians or to raise the standards of medical care is predicated on the postulate that incompetency, poor results, injuries, or negligence are tautological with being sued for malpractice, which just is not so.