Medical Malpractice in Kentucky

Karla Ward of the Kentucky Herald Leader reports that the Kentucky Medical Association has tort reform on the agenda for this legislative session. Specifically, doctors say they want a constitutional amendment that would eliminate frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits.

The article does not articulate specifics. But is hard to imagine any scenario where this is going to happen. The national trend is to acknowledge the “medical malpractice crisis” was hardly a crisis at all but rather at high point in the highs and lows of medical malpractice claims.

The article also mentions a study that was done showing a shortage of doctors in Kentucky. I have not read this study but it seems like a dozen or so get release every year coincidentally just before the state legislative session. Unless a study is done by a truly independent party, it is difficult to lend it much credibility.