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By: Taryn Kadar
The medical liability crisis has continued to have a significant effect on the medical system. The American College of Physicians (“ACP”) newly released policy paper, “Medical Liability Reform – Innovative Solutions for a New Health Care System” helps outline the ever-changing medical landscape and the scope of potential medical liability reform.
The paper offers a number of recommendations to reform the current state of medical liability as the existing health care system allows for too many preventable injuries and for the constant fear of liability to undermine the patient-physician relationship. The ACP identified the following nine recommendations as a solution to the broken medical liability system in the United States:
The ultimate, ideal solution is one that includes a multifaceted approach, allowing for innovation, pilot-testing, and further research. Although medical liability reform currently has little chance of passing at a federal level, states have taken action to approve laws that focus on some of the proposed solutions above. It is imperative that all stakeholders work together to fix the nation’s medical liability system for the sake of patients and providers alike.