Posted On: September 24, 2009 by Ronald V. Miller, Jr.

Medical Malpractice in Context

The American Association for Justice has an ad now that I believe properly frames the medical malpractice issue in this country: the estimated 98,000 deaths from preventable medical malpractice errors is "'like two 737s crashing every day for a whole year." As the ad asks rhetorically, "Would we blame the passengers or the airlines?"

People have disputed the 98,000 number. No one really knows. But say it is half of that. Would we tolerate one 737 a day crashing?