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Do you agree that tort reform is the solution to the healthcare problem in America?

There is no doubt that this country has troubles providing healthcare for a reasonable price. We spend more on it per capita than any other country. I think the root of the problem is our legal system. Doctors get sued all the time for malpractice. That forces them buy really expensive insurance for coverage. This drives up the price and that makes healthcare very expensive. Obamacare didn't fix this. The only thing that will solve it is tort reform.

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  • Kini
    Lv 7
    4 years ago
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    It is one part of the problem. I agree one aspect of high health care costs is tort reform resulting in high jury awards, but it is also because of new advanced procedures, high administrative salaries in insurance and hospitals, high drug cost, and unpaid ER medical bills where hospitals lose money and must raise the cost of services which increases insurance premiums.

  • 4 years ago

    Most states have caps on the amount that can be awarded in malpractice cases, even in the event of DEATH as a direct result of a doctor's error. They can, and should, be held accountable.

    Medical malpractice is definitely one factor in the high cost of medical care, but not the only or even the primary. I do believe that frivolous lawsuits are an issue, but there are many legitimate claims.

  • Mike
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    Only if the doctors will stop committing torts.

  • Smitty
    Lv 5
    4 years ago

    Yes part of it.

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  • 4 years ago

    It's a big part of the solution along with crossing state lines to buy insurance and buying scripts from other countries.

  • 4 years ago

    No.

    Tort reform does nothing to control the costs of healthcare.

    Several states have tried it, Texas and Florida, limiting the amount that anyone can sue for medical malpractice and medical costs have continued to rise in those states equally with the national averages.

  • LAN
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    It would help. But there are several aspects of healthcare that need to be overhauled to make a real difference.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Yes and Medical Bill reform , different places have different prices

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    No, has no bearing on the costs of healthcare, just like buying it across state lines will make it cheaper. Both are repub myths.

    http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-a...

    The bulk of medical malpractice claims filed in Canada revolves around healthcare reviewed by medical professionals employed by the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), which is the Canadian state-government health coverage scheme deployed favorably in Canada. However, problems of medical negligence do commonly arise in Canada with ample complaints being made by patients about the length and adversarial nature of resolving patient-doctor and healthcare disputes. Fortunately, the past three decades have opened several routes by which Canadian patients can resolve legitimate medical malpractice complaints against healthcare providers. Moreover, while the number of claims filed against CMPA and its employed professionals has decreased, the payouts in cases has increased dramatically since legal clarifications made in the 2000s regarding routes to compensation for damages in tort and contract claims jurisdictions.

  • laslo
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    That's because doctors often commit malpractice. It's not "easy" to sue a doctor or to get a judgment. Most cases of malpractice are won on rather good evidence.

    Your idea is totally backwards. The real solution is to get insurance companies out of the healthcare business entirely.

    Socialized medicine works. It works much better than our system.

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