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Could Legislation End Malpractice Lawsuits?

There is new legislation making its way to our state from Massachusetts and Oregon. In this new system, if a patient is injured, they can get a patient advocate and ask a panel of medical experts to review the case. If that panel agrees that a mistake was made, the case is forwarded to a compensation committee that determines how much that patient should receive. No lawyers are involved unless the patient wants one, and doctors pay a fee to the system that should be less than paying for malpractice insurance. This means the system should eliminate the need for malpractice insurance, destroy defensive medicine practices, and keep physicians from being sued. However, some believe the math doesn’t add up. Is This System Better Than Filing Malpractice Lawsuits? Proponents claim that the system would increase the amount of patients seeking compensation for medical injuries, but insist that it would cost…
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