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Malpractice Reform

Malpractice 'Caps' Treat Women, Children and Seniors as Second-Class Citizens

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

When a state 'caps' non-economic damages, politicians have essentially decided to value the destruction of someone's life by what that person would have earned in the marketplace, since lost earning are never 'capped.' This promotes a kind of caste system.

Cookbook Medicine Is a Recipe for Disaster

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Joanne Doroshow

When triggered by the desire to reduce unwarranted variation in practice and provide patients with benchmark quality care, adherence to clinical guidelines can often improve patient safety. But turning guidelines into legal standards would be bad for both patients and doctors.

Medical Malpractice and Tort Reform: Yes, Deal Better With the Issues but Don't Get Sidelined From More Costly, Needed Health Care Reforms

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 10.13.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Medical malpractice costs are a flash point for physicians and malpractice trial lawyers, each side claiming their solutions must be heeded to avoid potential disaster for patients and our health care delivery system.

Lone-Star State 'Reform' a Texas-Sized Distortion

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home
Wendell Potter

When Republicans talk about how health care should be reformed, they typically mention malpractice reform, citing Texas as a role model. But a closer look at Texas raises doubts its claimed benefits.

Health Care Repeal -- More Annoying than Head On

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

If Rep. Paul Ryan mentions health care at all on Tuesday, it is likely be the same old same old. After all, if they had any new ideas that could actually cut costs and improve quality, wouldn't we have heard about them already?

It's Time to Call Their Bluff: "Defensive Medicine" Is a Fraud

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Even when you remove litigation as a factor, the extent of tests and procedures that are ordered do not change. Enacting "tort reform" will continue to fail as a solution to this country's health care problems.

Health Reform Gifts for Your Holiday Season

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

There are many changes going on in the health care system at this very moment, and you may not hear much about them -- in fact, you probably won't -- but these changes are ultimately going to improve health care delivery.

"Repeal This Monstrosity"? No, Health Reform Will Survive

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Despite promises from Republicans to repeal the health care reform law, they can't do it. Even if the Senate agreed with the House and passed a repeal bill, President Obama would veto it. But what about death by a thousand cuts?

Christine O'Donnell's Understanding of Health Care (or Lack Thereof) Fits Into Just 3 Memorized Talking Points

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Since the Clinton health reform effort failed in the early 1990s, Republicans have been using the same talking points that Christine O'Donnell used Wednesday night. It's time to call them out.

Decision Day For Democrats: Poll Shows Path to Healthcare Reform

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Zogby

This is the fork in the road for the Senate's Democratic leaders: they must choose between the tort lawyers and a health care bill that could re-unite a country that has turned against the present bill.

Is Malpractice Reform the Missing Link to Health Care Reform?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

When a person is injured by a defective product, a verdict for the plaintiff not only compensates that person for the injuries sustained, but hopefully causes the defendant and others to take corrective action.