Doctor, This Debate Needs 50 ccs of Reason, Stat!

This finding shouldn’t be surprising, but it hits upon some pretty common misconceptions:

Contrary to the common perception among physicians that poor people sue doctors more frequently, Ramon L. Jimenez from the Monterey Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Institute and his team demonstrate that socioeconomically disadvantaged patients, in fact, tend to sue physicians less often. Their work suggests that this myth may exist because of subconscious prejudices or stereotypes that affect thinking and decision making without doctors being aware of it — a phenomenon known as unconscious bias.

Wait, so you’re saying poor people aren’t spending all their time coming up with complicated schemes for defrauding the medical system (or government)?

Here are a couple good rundowns on the true costs of medical malpractice. This is a subject that ideology long ago dragged into a closet and began beating with a sock full of oranges.

Also, cut me some slack on the crappy headline. It’s my first post of the day.

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Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.