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 94 - AMERICAN COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNECOLOGISTS On behalf of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), an organization representing more than 44,000 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 14 - liability insurance. The reasonable reforms of the HEALTH Act have brought stability in those states that have enacted similar reforms. By enacting meaningful medical liability reforms, Congress has the opportunity to increase access to medical services, eliminate much of the need for medical treatment motivated primarily as a precaution against lawsuits, improve the patientphysician relationship, help prevent avoidable patient injury,
Page 92 - have brought stability in those states that have enacted similar reforms. By passing the HEALTH Act, Congress can increase access to medical services, eliminate the practice of defensive medicine, improve the patient-physician relationship, improve patient safety, and slow the wasteful use of health care dollars. The AOA and our members stand ready to work with
Page 25 - For example: • Between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths occur each year in US hospitals due to medical errors, the higher figure extrapolated from the 1990 Harvard Medical Practice study of New York Hospitals. Even using the lower figure, more people die due to medical errors than from motor vehicle accidents (43,458), breast cancer (42,297) or AIDS (16,516). • These
Page 12 - that would lead to a stabilized medical liability insurance market and bring balance to our medical liability litigation system. The major provisions of the HEALTH Act would benefit patients by: • Awarding injured patients unlimited economic damages (eg, past and future medical expenses, loss of past and future earnings, cost of domestic services, etc.); • Awarding injured patients non-economic damages
Page 100 - The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACPASIM) - representing 115,000 physicians and medical students - is the largest medical specialty society and the second largest medical organization in the United States. We congratulate the Subcommittee on
Page 12 - must pass fair and reasonable reforms to our medical liability litigation system that have proven effective. Toward this end, we strongly urge Congress to pass HR 4600, the "Help Efficient, Accessible, Low Cost, Timely Health Care 'HEALTH' Act of 2002,
Page 9 - primary cause of this emerging 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. New data indicate that increasing medical liability premiums are being driven primarily
Page 75 - 412 major insurance companies that provide all lines of property and casualty insurance and write more than $87 billion annually in premiums. The association is headquartered in Washington, DC and has representatives in every state. All AIA press releases are available at
Page 11 - Liability costs for Texas physicians skyrocketed as much as 300 percent in some regions and for some specialties. As a result, there is only one neurosurgeon serving 600,000 people in the McAllen area. In the past two years, four South Texas patients with head injuries died before they could be flown out of the area for medical attention.

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