The current medical liability system fails both patients and health care providers. Far too many medical liability lawsuits are frivolous, and too few patients actually injured by medical care receive just compensation. Excessive damage awards, exorbitant attorneys’ fees, rising malpractice premiums, and costly defensive medicine practices have greatly contributed to rising health care costs and undermined the role of the physician.
For these reasons, the AAFP views medical liability reform as a high priority, and calls on Congress and the White House to address this critical issue in a substantive way. We believe a new balance must be struck that ensures prompt compensation for those truly injured in the course of medical care, but prevents the needless diversion of limited health care dollars.
In pursuit of that balance, AAFP has drawn from key efforts made at the state level:
The AAFP will continue to work on behalf of our members to help establish a fair and equitable medical-legal environment that protects patients and family physicians.
Medical Liability Reform in California - January 14, 2013(2 page PDF)
Policy Brief: Payment Innovation and Liability Reform - August 8, 2012(8 page PDF)
State Statutes Establishing Clear and Convincing Evidence Standards in Medical Liability Tort - January 17, 2012(2 page PDF)
Joint Letter to House Regarding Health Act of 2011 - January 25, 2011(3 page PDF)
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