Those of you who follow the debate on medical malpractice reform already know this, but it is worth repeating. The goal of med mal reform efforts is to make it difficult for victims to be able to recover for their injuries, and have very little to do with the cost of healthcare. This has been the conclusion of multiple studies over the years, and today the New England Journal of Medicine is again adding its voice to the debate. It is warning that proposed tort reform efforts introduced by Republican lawmakers would cut deeply into consumers’ rights to pursue medical malpractice lawsuits, and are unlikely do much to lower the cost of healthcare.
I have posted lots of links to numerous studies that reach similar conclusions in the med mal section of this blog. You can go here and scroll down to find the stories. For some of those stories go here, here, here, here, here, and here.
For more on the NE Journal of Medicine new article go here.