The AAJ responded to President Obama’s speech to the American Medical Association today by stressing the importance of focusing on patient safety when discussing health care reform. On its website, the AAJ calls attention to the fact that there has been a lot of talk about restricting patients’ rights but little done to address the prevention of medical errors. While medical malpractice lawsuits are a tiny percentage of health care costs, the website notes that 98,000 people die each year from preventable medical errors. The AAJ calls for lawmakers to focus on lowering the number of medical errors instead of further harming patients who may become the victim of these errors. Read more about the AAJ’s position on medical malpractice reform as part of the larger push for health care reform.