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Medical Malpractice in Health Care Debate

One doctor appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation to discuss his article on medical malpractice reform. He pointed out that medical malpractice is a patients’ rights issue as well as a doctor’s issue. He believes that medical malpractice caps leave an injured victim with very little recourse because the cost of fighting for compensation exceeds the payout. While the caps may prevent frivolous lawsuits, they also make it harder for a patient to hold a doctor accountable for medical malpractice. He also tried to debunk the issue of defensive medicine and whether tort reform is the cure. He does not believe defensive medicine is the key to lowering health care costs. He, as a doctor, does not believe that doctors do not practice defensive medicine to protect themselves from medical malpractice lawsuits. He believes that many doctors are pressured for time and do not have time to take a proper history. Tort reform will not aide in any of the problems that health care reform pose. To read more about the doctor’s ideas on tort reform, please click the link.