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Old 09-13-2009, 10:23 PM
 
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Here are the results of malpractice reforms in Texas.
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It’s not surprising that malpractice reform has failed to move the needle on healthcare costs. Caps are in place in 31 states, including Texas, and many academic studies have found that they have limited impact on health economics.

The reason is straightforward: Medical malpractice, for all the passion it generates, is a tiny part of the gargantuan healthcare business.

Malpractice lawsuits, lumped together with medical errors, account for maybe 1.5 percent of the $2 trillion spent on healthcare annually, experts say.

Malpractice reform hasn't bent the cost curve in Texas healthcare, but it’s still paying off | ...
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:05 AM
 
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Thanks Motion;

I mentioned the TX results in another thread the other day and no one jumped in to dispute it directly. I need to see if I can find some stats on CA. Biggest population in the US, malpractice/tort refor in IIRC 1971, which means an entire generation of docs has graduated med school, finished their internship, finished their residency, started their careers, and in many cases retired, with no discernable improvement in rates!

Don't worry, someone will come in here and say; "bad data", or "bad source", or "not enough data to form a conclusion". It's their natural response when you stuff them after their "link or it never happened" retort.

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Old 09-14-2009, 09:08 AM
 
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It has, however, brought a huge amount of doctors into Texas and now 'underserved' areas are getting more docs they need. I don't see how you can argue that it hasn't benefitted the population. Plus, I think we need more time to really see how this affects economics - it's only been a few years.
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:55 AM
 
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Tort reform is just one piece of the puzzle but none the less a piece of the puzzle. This report has malpractice costs listed at nearly 30 billion in 2005 or about $100 a year for every man woman and child in the US... so yes its significant amount.

http://www.towersperrin.com/tp/getwe...2006_FINAL.pdf

In case anyone is interested total tort costs per person according to this report is $880 per person. We need tort reform across the board, not only fro medical malpractice.

Lawyers / Law Firms: Long-Term Contribution Trends

Lawyers and law firms in 2008 made campaign contributions of $233,912,817 million dollars or nearly 1/4 of a billion dollars to both Democrats and Republicans. This nearly doubled from the 2006 total of $120,671,997. The democrats received the lions share triple the amount Republicans received:

  • Democrats: $178,706,835 76%
  • Republicans: $54,484,330 23%
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:12 AM
 
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If everything were to be against the law, there would be no need for lawyers.

A Republican dream.
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