Medical liability: A world of difference

Side note: A nice comparison of the American medical liability system with those of other countries. Though a wholesale adoption of one of these methods might not suit American needs, there is much of value in looking at the ways other countries deal with medical malpractice issues. Most of these systems treat medical malpractice lawsuits as distinctly different from other types of cases. Rather than trial by jury, a trial in front of a judge is much more common. Additionally, awards for pain and suffering are strictly limited. Other countries, such as the U.K., have ‘loser-pays’ rules, which help to discourage frivolous lawsuits. See below or click here to read the entire article over at American Medical News.

One other significant difference between many of these countries and the United States is that doctors in the U.S. must face medical malpractice laws and systems that vary greatly by state and medical specialty. These differences make knowing the local medmal insurance climate extremely important. Click to see comprehensive medical liability insurance rates for the past 10 years in your state and others,

By Amy Lynn Sorrel

As states and health care systems seek federal grants to test new ways of tackling medical liability issues in the U.S., some observers suggest looking beyond America’s borders for inspiration. While they agree no one system offers a perfect solution, experts say other countries could offer lessons to help mend what doctors say are flaws that make the U.S. medical liability landscape more expensive and litigious than that of other nations.

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