Ken Gansmann: Tort reform key to health care reform
Ryan Summerlin September 11, 2009
A 2006 Harvard School of Public Health Study found that about 40 percent of medical malpractice lawsuits filed in America were without merit.
Eighty percent of physicians cite fear of being sued in their decisions to practice defensive medicine.
If we want to try to make health care more affordable, we can’t leave tort reform out of the equation. If they are part of the problem, they must be part of the solution.
We will need another 125,000 doctors by 2025 – especially those with primary care and high-risk specialties.
In the 24 U.S. States with tort reform, their insurance rates have dropped 27 percent in the past five years, and some 15,000 doctors have returned to practice in Texas alone.
Why is tort reform being left out of the discussions on health care reform?