The insurance industry has tried to convince the public that it is the victim of gross medical negligence that is responsible for a health care system that is spiraling out of control. However, they fail to recognize that costs are rising at a rate well beyond inflation, a lack of healthy competition and transparency regarding rates in the industry, or the growing number of uninsured and underinsured patients in America is the true reason for extremely high health care costs. It is clear that the insurance industry is trying to avoid any responsibility and instead divert attention elsewhere in the name of protecting its profits. Doctors should demand more from the industry in exchange for our business. We must hold insurance companies accountable for their reluctance to blame medical errors on the ever expanding health care cost. To read the entire letter to the editor, please click the link.