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State: District of Columbia
Subject Matter: Debt Commission Report
Document Title:

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 commission’s leaders suggests the government could save about $2 billion a year with major changes to the liability system.

According to the report, “Most 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 — higher malpractice insurance premiums — and indirect costs in the form of over-utilization of diagnostic and related services (sometimes referred to as ‘defensive medicine’).”


Document Author: Debt Commission
Firm/Company: US Government
Document Date: February 21, 2020
Search Tags: tort reform Obama medical malpractice
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