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Capitol Health Call
February 9, 2005

Tort Reform Focus

JAMA. 2005;293(6):668. doi:10.1001/jama.293.6.668-a

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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