Friday, February 26, 2010

Med mal reform and health care reform

I did not get a chance to watch the televised "summit" on health care, but according to some reports a lot of it became a forum for Republican lawmakers to press for limits on medical malpractice awards. (See here.) That's unfortunate since med mal reform (at least as it relates to limits on compensation for victims) is largely irrelevant in the larger context of health care reform. See here, here, here and here. Also, go here for all my other posts on medical malpractice. Here is an article by a Republican Representative making a weak argument that med mal reform is necessary as part of health care reform. Why is the argument weak? Because there very little evidence to support its conclusions. (See the links above.) Read the article first, and then watch this video:

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