Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, March 2, 2013
America's medical liability system is broken. It incurs high administrative costs, does little to improve the care that patients receive, and compels health care providers to waste billions of dollars on unnecessary tests and procedures. Special health courts would address these shortcomings by compensating injured patients more efficiently and equitably and by distinguishing good care from bad so that physicians can act on their best judgment-rather than fear of a lawsuit. These courts would go a long way toward reducing defensive medicine and fostering the openness that's necessary to improve the quality and safety of medical care.
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