Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Would tort reform reduce healthcare costs?

According to a telephone survey done by the Rasmussen Reports, Fifty-three percent (53%) of U.S. voters say restricting jury awards in medical malpractice lawsuits would significantly reduce the cost of health care in the United States. To read the story, click here.

Physicians are all eager to see some serious tort reform so that they don't have to practice defensive medicine. Let's hope that we will soon see a day when physicians can practice sound evidence-based medicine instead of ordering a battery of diagnostic tests just to avoid any potential lawsuits. If President Obama really believes that physicians are ordering too many unnecessary tests, then he should make sure that physicians are protected against silly and frivolous lawsuits that take up time and money.

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