Doctors: Tort Reform Needed In Pa.

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Some local doctors said the state needs to do more for the new health care bill to succeed in Pennsylvania.

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Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson

Seattle, WA

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Apr 9, 2010
 
Today's medical professional liability system is too adversarial and too expensive. There are alternatives. More at http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/...
Woodside Park Bob

Coatesville, PA

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The problem isn't too many malpractice lawsuits; the problem is too much malpractice. The Institute of Medicine says there are 98,000 deaths a year from malpractice. But in 2009 there were fewer than 4,000 malpractice payments for cases involving death of the patient. Clearly the real problem is too much malpractice.

Doctors should spend more time lobbying for better licensing to stop the few doctors who are causing the bulk of the malpractice problem and driving up malpractice insurance rates. Since 1990 only about 2 to 3 percent of physicians have been responsible for over half of all the money paid out for malpractice, and very often these few physicians have multiple payments in their records but no action to restrict or revoke their licenses.

Wouldn't it be a better solution to stop the few doctors who are causing most of the problem rather than making it even more difficult for injured patients to be compensated? That would save lives as well as save money. And remember, all tort reform does is shift the cost of malpractice from the malpracticing physicians and their malpractice insurers to the innocent victims, their health insurers, and the taxpayers. It really doesn't save money.

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