Health Care Litigation Reform: Does Limitless Litigation Restrict Access to Health Care? : Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventh Congress, Second Session, June 12, 2002

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Page 100 - STATEMENT OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS — AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERNAL MEDICINE The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACPASIM) — representing...
Page 94 - On behalf of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), an organization representing more than 45,000 physicians dedicated to improving the health care of women, we urge you to bring an end to the limitless litigation restricting women's access to health care.
Page 41 - The Legislature finds and declares that there is a major health care crisis in the State of California attributable to skyrocketing malpractice premium costs and resulting in a potential breakdown of the health delivery system, severe hardships for the medically indigent, a denial of access for the economically marginal, and depletion of physicians such as to substantially worsen the quality of health care available to citizens of this state. The Legislature, acting within the scope of its police...
Page 12 - ... culture of safety" that focuses on openness and information-sharing to improve health care and prevent adverse outcomes. The AMA also supports the lOMs focus on the need for a systemwide approach to eliminating adverse outcomes and improving safety and quality, instead of focusing on individual components of the health system in an isolated or punitive way.
Page 96 - This crisis also means that community clinics must cutback services, jeopardizing the nation's 39 million uninsured patients — the majority of them women and children — who rely on community clinics for health care. Unable to shift higher insurance costs to their patients, these clinics have no alternative but to care for fewer people. Acting now can save more women from the ranks of the uninsured. Health care costs continue to increase overall, including the cost of private health care coverage....
Page 9 - THE LITIGATION SYSTEM IS CAUSING THE CRISIS The primary cause of the growing liability crisis is the unrestrained escalation in jury awards that are a part of a legal system that in many states is simply out of control. While there have been several articles published since the mid-1990s indicating that increases in jury awards lead to higher liability premiums, in the last year a growing number of government and private sector reports show that increasing medical liability premiums are being driven...
Page 12 - ... injury due to natural illness or unpreventable accident. When injuries occur and are caused by a breach in the standard of care, the AMA believes that patients are entitled to prompt and fair compensation. This compensation should include, first and foremost, full...
Page 94 - Across the country, liability insurance for obstetrician/gynecologists has become prohibitively expensive. Premiums have tripled and quadrupled practically overnight. In some areas, Ob/Gyns can no longer obtain liability insurance at all, as insurance companies fold or abruptly stop insuring doctors. When Ob/Gyns cannot find or afford liability insurance, they are forced to stop delivering babies, curtail surgical services, or close their doors. The shortage of care affects hospitals, public health...
Page 21 - Before the Subcomm. on Economic Stabilization of the House Comm. on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs, 99th Cong.
Page 95 - ... for gynecologic cancers, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis, sexually transmitted diseases, and other serious health problems. Staggering premiums continue to burden women's health care professionals and will further diminish the availability of women's care. Federal legislation is needed to avert another rural health crisis. Women in underserved rural areas have historically been particularly hard hit by the loss of physicians and other women's health care professionals....

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