Health Care and the 2004 Elections: Medical Liability Reform
Publication Date: October 2004
Publisher(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Keywords: Health Policy
Coverage: United States
Sharp increases in medical liability insurance premiums in recent years, and the withdrawal of some insurers from this market have focused the attention of health care providers, patients, and policymakers on reform of the medical liability system. Of additional concern is that the fear of liability causes physicians to practice medicine in ways that raise costs. There are varying opinions of how medical liability reform should be addressed, including whether it should remain a state issue or be addressed at the federal level, and, if so, how.