Malpractice Reform Is No ‘Silver Bullet’ For Skyrocketing Healthcare Spending


Healthwatch, the healthcare blog of The Hill’s Web site, ran an article this week quoting a local North Texas politician. Representative Michael Burgess is the chairman of the Republican Congressional Healthcare Caucus, and he said that medical liability reform is no cure for the nation’s skyrocketing healthcare spending. That was a surprising statement because Representative Burgess is not only a conservative Republican but is also a physician. the statement certainly runs counter to the normal conservative argument that everything wrong with healthcare today could be solved simply by kicking trial lawyers out of the system.

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