In an opinion piece published January 6, in POLITICO, House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith included medical malpractice reform in his list of top priorities for the new Congress. In the opinion piece he says, “Another way to help American families is to make health care more affordable by passing lawsuit-abuse reform. Roughly 40 percent of U.S. medical malpractice suits are “without merit,” according to the Harvard School of Public Health. These frivolous lawsuits drive up costs. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that lawsuit-abuse reform would save taxpayers $54 billion over the next decade. This would help American families struggling with health care costs and protect medical personnel overburdened by the cost of malpractice insurance.”
ASA continues to support medical malpractice reform.
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