Trial and Error

Cohn, Jonathan
July 2004
New Republic;7/19/2004, Vol. 231 Issue 3, p14
Offers a look at the medical malpractice system in the United States as of July 2004. Claim that President George W. Bush is wrong to blame the malpractice system for rising health care costs in the U.S.; Statement that the Republican Party advocates policies that favor political financiers who represent corporate interests; Failure of the medical malpractice system to deter doctors from committing malpractice and to compensate victims; Suggestion that a better medical malpractice system would handle the majority of bad medical outcomes through a no-fault system requiring more disclosure and analysis of medical errors; Criticism of Bush's claim that medical malpractice lawsuits account for the increases in health insurance premiums; Reference to a study conducted by the Congressional Budget Office that found no evidence that restrictions on tort liability reduce medical spending; Suggestion that the Bush administration work toward a universal coverage system.


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