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What's the most controversial measure on California's November ballot? The insurance regulation bill, Prop 45, may be a good contender – but more than likely the controversy over Proposition 46 will win the contest hands...more
Doctors deserve relief from skyrocketing insurance premiums. And the citizens of Washington deserve to keep their constitutional rights intact. Is there an answer that will meet both goals? Not if you listen to the...more
Last year, Illinois lawmakers passed a comprehensive medical care reform bill that imposed a cap in medical malpractice cases. As explained at the PopTort, when that law was overturned as unconstitutional, a number of other...more
The governor and attorney general of New Hampshire are fighting a subpoena to testify about state efforts to take $110 million from a malpractice fund to plug a budget hole. Policyholders of the medical malpractice Joint...more
One reason the medical industry keeps pushing for lawsuit "reforms" is that if it's harder for patients to sue doctors for malpractice, doctors will then practice less "defensive medicine" and that will save a lot of money...more
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In an op-ed article in the Baltimore Sun, attorney Wayne M. Willoughby makes a convincing argument that “tort reform” is not the solution to high healthcare costs. Here are excerpts from the article:
For months now,...more
This article was written for the Huffington Post by Anthony Tarricone, president of the American Association for Justice. Here are excerpts:
Those opposed to real health care reform are flailing to come up with real,...more
Tort reform is not the answer — that’s the headline of an editorial in the Des Moines Register. The editorial lays out the arguments in favor of tort reform as a way to save money on health care, but comes to this...more
An editorial in the Salt Lake Tribune provides insight into the current debate on the effect of medical malpractice on the costs of health insurance. The editorial puts things into perspective by pointing out that the total...more
Today’s Dallas Morning News has an editorial regarding medical testing that is relevant to the current health care debate. In my experience, “excessive” medical testing has more to do with medical professionals wanting to...more
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an interesting editorial commenting on the recommendations of some politicians to make “tort reform” a part of any new health care legislation. Those of us who have spent years involved in the...more
This article is from the New York Times, and describes a pilot program by the White House to study medical malpractice claims. Perhaps the money would be better spent studying the causes of medical malpractice itself, and...more
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