A trial lawyer named Max Kennerly has taken issue with a piece I wrote called "Can defensive medicine ever be stopped?" It appeared last week on KevinMD.
On his blog, he he says defensive medicine is a "myth" and accuses me of many wrongs, too numerous to detail here.
I will address a few of them.
He read my post but apparently did so selectively. He failed to note that I agreed with him that tort reform did not reduce the cost of medical care in states that have enacted it. This was documented by a paper from the National Center for Policy Analysis which I cited.
He went on to criticize three brief examples of defensive medicine that I mentioned in my post—about abdominal pain, a wound infection after colon surgery, and chest pain.
Mr. Kennerly writes, "a young girl with lower abdominal pain gets an ultrasound for appendicitis (among the least invasive, least expensive, and most helpful tests in history — remember this funny GE ad for their portable ultrasound?)."