How Should Malpractice Policy Put Patients First?

Research Report

How Should Malpractice Policy Put Patients First?

October 13, 2006


In this ARRP Bulletin "FaceOff" commentary, Randall R. Bovbjerg argued that conventional tort reform like caps on awards successfully limit the scope of the current system and reduce physicians' premiums--but do not compensate more people, improve deterrence or equitably spread the impact of their cutbacks. True improvement calls for more even-handed tort reforms, and for experiments with non-courtroom-based injury resolution by medical institutions, health plans or states, perhaps even by Medicare. (AARP Web Exclusive, April 2006)
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