New medical malpractice idea in healthcare debate
side note: The disconcerting thing with this debate is that many of the people in the press offering solutions don’t really understand the problem. This presents old ideas as new and misleads citizens into believing there is a quick fix to the escalating cost of healthcare in the United States
WASHINGTON | President Barack Obama’s willingness to consider alternatives to medical malpractice lawsuits is providing a boost for taking such cases out of the courtroom and letting experts, not juries, decide their merits.
Appointing neutral experts to sift facts from allegations appeals to conservatives in both political parties. They want to address medical liability as part of health care legislation. Trial lawyers oppose the curbs.
Nonetheless, the American Hospital Association has been shopping a new plan to lawmakers, hoping it will be considered during Senate floor debate on health care in the coming weeks.