Regarding the article “CBO says tort reforms could reduce deficit, healthcare spending”:
I think the opportunities envisioned from additional tort reform are somewhat overstated. Yes, 0.5% is real money in the context of the $2 trillion plus annual healthcare costs. If we as physicians are truly interested in reforming medical malpractice, a better “investment” lies in directing efforts at regaining trust and assuring fairness with our patients. We need to publicly support disclosure of unanticipated outcome and medical error activities as well as fair and timely compensation for those individuals who have been harmed as a result of negligence.