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Capitol Health Call
April 2, 2003

. . . And Supports Liability Reform

JAMA. 2003;289(13):1625. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1625-a

Bush also stressed the need for medical liability reform. He reminded the physician audience that the House passed medical liability reform last year, but that the Senate failed to act. "I appreciate [AMA's] dogged determination to pass medical liability reform," he told the physician audience.

He called the medical liability situation a "national crisis" driven by frivolous lawsuits. "The problem doesn't start in the waiting room or the operating room; it starts in the courtroom," he said, adding, "Patients should be able to recover their economic losses. Patients who are harmed by a [physician] should be able to collect non-economic damages as well. But for the sake of the system, non-economic damages should be capped at $250 000."

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