Medical Tort Reform

During the debate over health care reform in 2009-2010, medical tort reform was a frequent topic of discussion, but serious tort relief never made its way into President Obama’s sweeping healthcare law. For doctors, the constant threat of being sued over medical outcomes over which they may have no control contributes to the rising levels of health care spending and costs, and influences doctors to practice costly defensive medicine or, in some cases, leave their profession altogether. The end result is that patients may face problems in accessing the specialized care that they need, and doctors have strong incentives to make medical decisions to avoid a lawsuit, rather than resolve a medical problem in the most appropriate way possible.

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Medical Tort Reform

Background: During the debate over health care reform in 2009-2010, medical tort reform was a frequent topic of discussion, but serious tort relief never made…

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