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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