Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Regulating Health Care
Lecture:Legal Aspects of Medicine
Slide content:Tort Law Reform - 3 Results Considered: Costs Frequency of malpractice claims Supply of health care services, Quality of care N eed for physicians to practice so-called defensive medicine The only tort reform that significantly improved these results was the cap on noneconomic damages 19
Slide notes:The report to the Medicare commission assessed the results of these and two other tort law reforms. The results considered were: costs, the frequency of malpractice claims, the supply of health care services, the quality of care, and the need for physicians to practice so-called defensive medicine, such as sending the patient for excessive testing in order to protect themselves. The only tort reform that significantly improved these results was the cap on noneconomic damages. 19