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Medical malpractice reform does little to contain healthcare costs

from Medical Xpress

Two papers co-authored by a University of Illinois expert in the regulation and financing of health care conclude that tort reform has had relatively little impact on the U.S. healthcare system. Tort reform advocates have hailed caps on noneconomic damages as a silver bullet for controlling health care costs — as a way to reduce defensive medicine and attract more physicians to a state, particularly those practicing in high-risk specialties. But according to David Hyman, the H. Ross and Helen Workman Chair in Law and professor of medicine at Illinois, there's scant evidence to support any of those claims. more

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