HCLA Releases Report on Status of Medical Liability Reform
“While comprehensive federal legislation has yet to be enacted and is unlikely in the 111th Congress, strong advocacy efforts over the past few years have paid significant dividends by creating a supportive climate for successful reform legislation at the state level,” the report states.
The HCLA supports inclusion of medical liability reforms as a part of any comprehensive health care reform taken up by Congress this year. Incremental reforms, such as “early offers,” specialized health courts, and the practice evidence-based medicine are all steps to address the medical liability reform crisis, and the HCLA will continue to evaluate the effectiveness of these reforms.
The report notes that, “While these reforms are not comprehensive in nature and do not address the root cause of our dysfunctional liability system, some may promise positive results, and they all continue to highlight the critical need for a real and lasting solution.”
The HCLA will continue to make the case for reform that puts effective curbs on excessive lawsuits, in order to lower health care costs and to ensure patient access to quality medical care. Visit www.hcla.org to view the full report.
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For more details, visit www.hcla.org. The Health Coalition on Liability and Access is a national advocacy coalition representing doctors, hospitals, health care liability insurers, pharmaceutical companies, health care insurers, employers and health care consumers. HCLA believes federal legislation is needed to bring fairness, timeliness and cost-efficiency to America‘s medical liability system.
SOURCE Health Coalition on Liability and Access