Responding to a 2009 request from Senator Orrin Hatch (R, Utah), the Congressional Budget Office issued a letter suggesting that medical malpractice tort reform would “reduce federal budget deficits by roughly $54 billion over the next 10 years.” Sounds great—a billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you’re talking real money—but the devil is in the details. The CBO letter reported that 40% of the savings would come in the form of lower malpractice premiums to physicians and 60% from “less utilization of health care services.” Continue reading
Month: July 2015
I’m skeptical about … statins.
Not whether statin drugs like Lipitor (atorvastatin), Crestor (rosuvastatin), and Zocor (simvastatin) work to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides—they do—but whether their effectiveness in preventing heart attack, stroke, and death justifies their use in so many people with so little disease. Continue reading