US grapples with solutions to preventable medical errors

Brooks, Janet
March 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;3/31/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 7, pE4
Academic Journal
The article examines the position of former President George Bush that idle medical malpractice lawsuits were driving doctors out of practice and inflating the cost of health care in the U.S. Law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Tom Baker said the real problem is not too much litigation, but too much malpractice. The article relates that evidence that medical malpractice greatly exceeds malpractice lawsuits in the country has been available since 1974. Meanwhile, it refers to a legislation in 2005, co-sponsored by then-Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, which aimed at reducing malpractice suits by reducing the number of patients medical malpractice killed or injured.


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