Medical liability reform: Back on the table

By Stuart L. Weinstein, MD

President Obama, AAOS take steps in the right direction

In his speech to Congress on health care on Sept. 9, 2009, President Barack Obama recognized that medical liability issues were leading to increasing healthcare costs. In this public forum, the president stated, “I have talked to enough doctors to know that defensive medicine may be contributing to unnecessary costs. So I am proposing that we move forward on a range of ideas on how to put patient safety first and let doctors focus on practicing medicine.”

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