A recently released study indicates that poorer patients are less likely to file medical malpractice claims than wealthier patients. The study, which was published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, goes against the belief of some physicians that lower income patients are more likely to complain about the care that they receive.
There has been a lot of media coverage of the tort reform issue. The term "tort reform" refers to laws that are passed by the states to limit or cap the damages that a plaintiff might receive in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Tort reform has become a hot issue for politicians and the phrase is bandied about as a way to demonstrate fiscal responsibility.