The president's SOTU had good broad themes, but there were many sources of concern in the speech as well. In too many cases, there was a disconnect between those positive themes and troubling policy proposals.
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.
Patients need competent physicians; doctors need medication, psychotherapy, or both; and, politicians need to focus on reducing medical malpractice. This is the only acceptable way to reduce deaths, injuries, claims and lawsuits.
Medical-legal reform received only lip-service during the Federal health care legislative process in the spring of 2010 -- drastically disregarded as fundamental contributors to high health care costs.
Lisa Gourley 's son Colin was born with severe brain damage due to a doctor's negligence. But because Nebraska has a Draconian "cap" on compensation (i.e., "tort reform"), her family never received the compensation needed.