Tort Reform at Issue in Healthcare Debate

A former U.S. Senator recently proposed that one way to have Republicans sign onto a universal healthcare plan would be to do so with medical malpractice tort reform. It has also been suggested that medical malpractice claims are “driving up” healthcare costs. However, according to a professor of law and health sciences, medical malpractice lawsuits will not significantly affect healthcare costs. He claims in the article that “as the cost of healthcare goes up, the medical liability of it has stayed fairly constant.” He also claims that medical malpractice costs and medical insurance are only contributing 1 to 1.5 percent of the overall healthcare cost.

Read more about the tort reform debate here.

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