I don't think any seasoned health economist believes that if you lower malpractice [settlements], it's going to cut down on defensive medicine.
There's much less here than meets the ear. It's just a step in the direction that they want to go, which is to have a general shift of financial responsibility for people's lives away from institutions, be it employers or government, onto the shoulders of people themselves.
Price (in the Swiss system) doesn't matter, because it's set by these negotiations.
It's a sad thing, but when I go to international conferences, there's no question the U.S. Health system is the bogeyman everywhere.
Massachusetts is the first state in America to reach full adulthood. The rest of America is still in adolescence.
It's like a roulette wheel you bet on in Las Vegas. It's an agonizing decision.
You have to ask what is it in America that makes people sick.