Bipartisan support for malpractice reform could revive the issue

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Takeaway

  • Republican interest in medical liability reform, and the party's new power in Washington, DC, could prompt renewed efforts to fix a system that stresses physicians and does little to address issues of patient safety, argue 2 health policy specialists at the Bipartisan Policy Center in a JAMA Perspectives article.

Why this matters

  • Among the problems with the current liability system, they write, are the long time it takes to resolve claims (5 y), the large bite taken from awards that goes to attorney fees and administrative charges (half), and the fact that most physicians will be involved in a malpractice claim at some point in their careers.
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