Medical liability reform and HR 3590

By Manish Sethi, MD; A. Alex Jahangir, MD; Samir Mehta, MD; Adrian Thomas, MD; and Carolyn Hettrich, MD

Do medical liability demonstration project awards predict the future direction of reform?

The facts surrounding medical liability and the practicing American physician remain causes for concern. According to an analysis of the American Medical Association’s 2007–2008 Physician Practice Information Survey, for every 100 practicing doctors, 95 active malpractice lawsuits exist. More than 60 percent of physicians older than age 55—and 90 percent of surgeons age 55 or older—have faced a malpractice lawsuit, and the average cost of litigation continues to soar.

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