Medical malpractice reform has become a front-burner issue in the wake
of the reelection of President Bush and Republican gains in Congress.
The President kicked off the tort reform campaign on January 5 by traveling
to Madison County, Ill, which some conservatives consider a jurisdiction favorable
to plaintiff’s attorneys. In a speech in which he asked Congress to
pass a medical liability reform bill, Bush said that defensive medicine to
protect physicians and hospitals against being sued is costing between $60
billion and $100 billion annually, resulting in higher health insurance and
professional liability costs.
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