An anesthesiologist who has practiced for over twenty years recently gave his view on “tort reform,” stating that he was not one in the medical field who buys into the view that tort reform equals caps on non-economic damages. He states that history consistently shows that non-economic damages caps are the wrong way to seek reform. One state, for instance, experienced a “malpractice crisis” until insurance reform was instituted and insurers were forced to refund $70 million. This man states that a real approach to reform begins at the hospitals and through enforcement of high quality standards. Secondly, this anesthesiologist says to examine the medical malpractice insurance companies whose pure motive is to profit.
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