State: District of Columbia
Subject Matter: Debt Commission Report
Debt Panel Proposes Medical Malpractice Changes
Deep in the report released today by President Barack Obama’s debt commission is a proposed overhaul of medical malpractice liability.
The commission is advising Obama and Congress on a plan to cut the federal government’s debt, and the 59-page report by the commissionâ€™s leaders suggests the government could save about $2 billion a year with major changes to the liability system.
According to the report, â€œMost experts agree that the current tort system in the United States leads to an increase in health care costs. This is true both because of direct costs â€” higher malpractice insurance premiums â€” and indirect costs in the form of over-utilization of diagnostic and related services (sometimes referred to as â€˜defensive medicineâ€™).â€
Firm/Company: US Government
Document Date: December 2010
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