ETSU Health Care Forum TONIGHT

Tonight ETSU is hosting a Heath Care Forum at the ETSU Culp Center Forum, from 5-6:30 pm.  The panel will consist of:

  • Former Congressional Representative David Davis, founder of Shared Health Services
  • Dr. T. Watson Jernigan, local Ob/Gyn
  • BCBS Vice President Calvin Anderson
  • Heidi Davis and Mike Clark for College Dems
  • Ryan Mills of College Republicans
  • Aubrey Childress from Public Health Student Association
  • Tracey Alice Berry, local attorney

So this should be interesting. I hear the attorney is a crazy pro-reform socialist liberal.  Be there or be L7…

People Over Profits


  1. southern female lawyer said,

    February 22, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I thought the forum went quite well. Some misinformation and a fair amount of fearmongering, but all in all, not bad considering the topic. I do wish they would have gotten someone from TN Health Care Campaign to sit, but overall I thought the pro-reform side was represented. Some good points were raised about the difficulty of administrating such sweeping change, but nothing that (I thought) justified keeping the status quo. I did manage to get in some cracks about tort reform not being any sort of effective solution and how you can’t tell us that free market will save the day without acknowledging that the free market is what is causing the problem.

  2. February 22, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Good for you. That’s my big beef with the whole debate, is people sticking their heads in the sand and pretending the status quo is working, and if it isn’t, then it’s the fault of lawyers who sue doctors for screwing up.

  3. southern female lawyer said,

    February 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    One of the anti-reform panelists made a comment about how we also need to look at the legal side, specifically because so many frivolous med mal suits are brought, so that is why we need tort reform. My response – yes, many frivolous suits are brought and that is a problem, but capping med mal jury awards will have ABSOLUTELY NO IMPACT on the legitimacy of suits filed. You know, because if you are getting a jury award, it is pretty safe to say that you did not have a baseless claim. Ug. Also, the projected savings in implementing caps would be approximately 2% of the increase in expenditures over 10 years. Not taking down the giant, there.

    Which isn’t to say that I don’t think that there are problems with our current med mal system. But to quote so many of the anti-reformers out there, it’s the best in the world.

    For plaintiffs, anyhow.

  4. Tengrain said,

    February 23, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Good on you, SFL, people who walk the walk always are aces with me.



  5. February 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    The tort reformers don’t realize that it’s extremely difficult for a Plaintiff to succeed in a med mal case. There is a much lower percentage of plaintiff’s verdicts in med mal cases than for other tort claims.
    The current system has plenty of problems. Claims are filed that have no merit, while people who were harmed because their doctors screwed up don’t get any compensation because juries just don’t want to make judgments against doctors. Particularly in rural areas where people know they’re just driving out doctors and they already don’t have enough.

    If I had to make one suggestion that would reduce malpractice costs, it would be for the medical licensure boards to get rid of the repeat offenders. We don’t have a single case against an otherwise good doctor who just happened to make a bad judgment call in a certain situation. Those cases are risky, hard to prove, and generally not worth the effort. However, we have multiple cases against the same handful of doctors, doctors who have no business practicing medicine. Whether they’re negligent, or drunk while performing surgery, or just plain incompetent, these guys shouldn’t be practicing. I think at the point they lose hospital privileges, they ought to lose their licenses too.

  6. Rob said,

    February 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I didn’t know this until yesterday, but Rep. Roe had originally agreed to participate, but backed out … after he heard you were going to be on the panel, maybe?

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