Quote from HM2Viking
Everyone needs to be insured in one form or another. Choosing to not be insured is fine until that person is injured in an accident and the pool of responsible insureds ends up paying higher premiums etc. See below for a discussion about the real costs of Tort claims in health care.
That link is a bunch of horsecrap. They focus primarily on the exchange of money from a liable person to a recipient, wages, and only say that "there is no evidence of _____" again and again. They don't provide any proof for their speculations while denying any evidence exists to refute them.
There are only two kinds of people who would say that litigation does not impact health care costs; the naive, and the lawyers.
If you focus on payouts alone, you overlook the obvious; defensive practice (and this is exactly why socialized health care would be more of a disaster in the US than anywhere else it's been tried). You cannot say with any level of honesty that there isn't billions of dollars wasted on tests, interventions, and procedures simply because juries are impressionable, and physicians don't want to face them after they've been played by an attorney like Edwards who 'channeled' the dead spirit of babies who wouldn't have survived if Jesus himself delivered them.
Defensive medical practice is often more than half of what we do, and it is one of the inflating factors of medical costs. Socialized countries don't allow the level of litigation that we do in the US, and if you can't believe that it contributes to the claimed lower cost of health care, then I'd like to know why. In this country, people sue for being refused access to EXPERIMENTAL drugs...drugs that are flat out not covered in places like Canada. And it makes no sense that a certain political party wants to transition to a socialized model, but protect the freewheeling litigation train that serves to make people like Edwards the richest man in his county...riding the backs of health care providers who have helped far more people than he would ever care to help.