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Idiotic Quote Of The Day: Why Trial Lawyers Are More Important Than Doctors

I want to ask you which would be more important: If all of the doctors in the country somehow disappeared or all the trial lawyers in America somehow disappeared? We can live without medical care, but we cannot live without justice.

— Gerry Spence

With our dwindling primary care force (and many PCPs considering leaving medicine), it looks like Gerry might get to test his hypothesis sooner than he thinks.

h/t to Dr. Wes for finding this astonishing quote.


Lawyer Gerry Spence, who was awarded the CAOC Lifetime Achievement Award, told conference attendees that legal representation is essential, even more important than health care, for people.

“We have to redefine who we are: We are the most important people in America,” Spence said. “There is no other profession in America that fights for freedom, that fights for what America is about, that fights for justice for ordinary people.”

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5 Responses to “Idiotic Quote Of The Day: Why Trial Lawyers Are More Important Than Doctors”

  1. bongi says:

    he is an idiot. to have rights when you are dead seems silly. the higher functionings of humans only even come into play when the basic needs are met like food and to be healthy.

  2. Vijay says:

    Oh Wow!

    I’m filing this one under “Only in America!”

  3. The Happy Hospitalist says:

    I’ll believe that he believes that the moment he lets the government set his rates and he sees 15% of his clients for free.

  4. Kate says:

    To be fair, he said we could live without medical care. He didn’t say HOW LONG or HOW WELL…

  5. Melissa says:

    Oh wow Dr. Val. That certainly is an idiotic statement. I not only find it idiotic but sad, that some value health care this way.

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