Thursday, February 3, 2011

Healthcare Tort Reform Claims Exaggerated

A Daily Kos blog argued against healthcare tort reform proposals, noting medical malpractice's less than 1.5% of healthcare costs "hardly makes tort reform worthy of the attention it receives for cutting health care costs. Furthermore, tort reform has already been implemented in more than half of the states in some form," so many states would feel no impact from additional reforms. The blog cited Texas' growing healthcare costs and lead status in the number of uninsured citizens, even after implementing tort reforms in 2003. Also, tort reforms wouldn't necessarily reduce defensive medicine practices, as litigation risks will always exist, and "evidence suggests that the profit motive" from defensive medicine "would continue to drive defensive medicine practices."

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