In response to Patrick Bankston's column regarding malpractice lawsuits and the anticipated shortage of doctors, I would like to remind Bankston that for more than a century the American Medical Association has influenced Congress to maintain an artificial shortage of doctors.
As Dennis Cauchon reported in USA Today, "The marketplace doesn't determine how many doctors the nation has, as it does for engineers, pilots, and other professionals. The number of doctors is a political decision, heavily influenced by doctors themselves."
It's the fee-for-service model much more than the threat of lawsuits that rewards the negative motivations of greed and fear among too many doctors.
- Leo Mola, Crown Point