Friday, January 16, 2009

AMA President Pushes for "Liability Reforms"

In a USA Today opinion piece, Nancy Nielson, president of the American Medical Association writes that the AMA "is committed to reducing medical errors and ensuring greater patient safety" but "it is clear that medical liability reforms are necessary." Nielson says, "Strong medical liability reforms keep physicians caring for patients, while still allowing patients their day in court. ... No patient should live with reduced access to health care because of the broken liability system." Let's see what reforms she's talking about. A "day in court" is rendered almost meaningless if injured plaintiffs cannot recover full and fair damages.

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