Savings From Malpractice Reform Are a Myth, Study Shows

Malpractice claims are not out of control and a damages cap would not result in big insurance savings for doctors and hospitals, according to a new study of malpractice insurance in New York state. The study comes as lawmakers across the nation are under pressure to enact tight restrictions on the rights of medical malpractice patients.

According to Joanne Doroshow, Executive Director of the Center for Justice & Democracy and co-founder of Americans for Insurance Reform, which commissioned the report, “The notion that either claims or premiums in New York State are out of control is the most sensationalized fiction driving these horrendous medical malpractice proposals. AIR’s study refutes the principal basis for the argument that a $250,000 ‘cap’ on damages for injured patients will result in massive insurance ‘savings’ for doctors and hospitals.”

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