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June 18, 2018

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Medical Malpractice
Last Featured: 6/9/2003

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Soaring malpractice insurance premiums led New Jersey physicians to stage walkouts earlier this year. In neighboring Pennsylvania, a statewide work stoppage was averted only by last minute deal making. Doctors and insurers blame multi-million dollar lawsuits and are calling for caps on pain and suffering awards in malpractice cases. Consumer activists and victims' lawyers say that letting bad doctors off the hook is no solution. They note that more than half of all payouts are from a small number of doctors and yet even the worst offenders rarely get disciplined. They say the answer is better policing, not higher premiums.

Richard F. Corlin, MD is the immediate past-president and executive committee member of the American Medical Association. Dr. Corlin, a gastroenterologist in private practice in Santa Monica, California, is one of America's most influential voices in medicine and dedicated his yearlong presidency to the issues of gun-related violence and coordinating organized medicine's response to the growing tort reform battle. Dr. Corlin previously served as Speaker of the AMA's House of Delegates and has been active in the AMA for the past twenty years, having also served as a member and then Chair of the AMA Council on Long Range Planning and Development.

Joanne Doroshow is the executive director of the Center for Justice & Democracy and an attorney who has worked on civil justice issues since 1986, when she first directed a project for Ralph Nader on liability and the insurance industry. She was a member of the Steering Committee of the Brookings Institute/American Bar Association's Advisory Committee on the Future of the Civil Jury. In 1999, Ms. Doroshow was selected by the Stern Family Fund as a Public Interest Pioneer. She has authored numerous reports on civil justice and was an award winning producer for the documentary, The Panama Deception, and the television series, TV Nation with Michael Moore.

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"The poorest man would not part with health for money, but the richest would gladly part with all their money for health."

— CC Colton

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H.R. 5: H.E.A.L.T.H. Act of 2003
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Summary of Medical Malpractice Law by State
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The Jurisprudent Physician: A Physician's Guide to Legal Process and Malpractice Litigation
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