Obama Administration Invests in Research to Lower Rate of Medical Malpractice Costs
Side note: On Friday, the Obama administration began distributing nearly $25 million in funds to research institutions for projects designed to lower the rate and cost of medical malpractice lawsuits. Several large universities and medical systems are among the recipients, including Ohio State University in Columbus and Multicare Health System in Tacoma, Washington.
The funds were set aside last September as part of a promise to Republican members of Congress. The hope is that these research projects will be able to uncover new methods that will reduce errors and injuries and increase communication between doctors and patients. Ideally, these innovations would lower the number medical malpractice lawsuits and, ultimately, the cost of medical malpractice insurance.
Though $25 million is a small amount to throw at such a large problem, it is important to see that the concerns of doctors and hospitals are not being ignored. Hopefully, these efforts will prove successful, and physicians will see a real decrease in the cost of liability insurance.
The Obama administration, following through on a promise the president made last fall to Republicans in Congress, today began doling out nearly $25 million in grants for projects aimed at reducing medical malpractice lawsuits and costs.