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Malpractice Tort Reform Has Taken Away Focus From Patient Safety Says Nexus Insurance Services

06-14-2011 07:32 AM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

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Proposals and changes to medical malpractice laws in several states continue to emerge. In North Carolina a measure rewriting the state’s medical malpractice laws is headed toward a final vote in the state Senate. One of the changes House lawmakers made to that bill was to remove the cap on non-economic damages for death, paralysis, brain damage and other major, tangible injuries.

Another bill has been brought before Congress, H.R. 5, which is supposed to dramatically reform the nation’s medical liability system. The bill would cap non-economic damages at $250,000 and shorten the statute of limitations for raising a complaint.

While tort reform may reduce the cost of medical malpractice, these proposals to change medical malpractice laws has taken away from actually resolving the problems of why malpractice occurs in the first place.

In a speech to the American Medical Association in June 2009, President Barack Obama said, "We need to explore a range of ideas about how to put patient safety first, let doctors focus on practicing medicine, and encourage broader use of evidence-based guidelines."

Ever since President Obama made that speech, there have been various proposals to address medical malpractice issues, but the emphasis has been on instituting malpractice caps rather than patient safety. Currently, around 30 states have malpractice caps and tort reforms in place.

“The idea of medical malpractice reform has taken on a different meaning lately,” said Michael Kataf of Nexus Insurance Services. “Instead of addressing the issue of errors caused by medical professionals and taking steps to reduce injuries, malpractice claims, and deaths, lawmakers seem to be only creating these proposals that make it hard for patients to be justifiably compensated.”

What has become evident is that tort reform is a complex issue and the problem of medical malpractice is not going to go away so quickly.

“Regardless of what happens with malpractice laws, it’s important for the medical community to stay focused on taking care of their patients,” said Kataf.

About Nexus Insurance Services

Nexus Insurance Services is a professional insurance broker that has helped many doctors, lawyers, realtors, and business owners gain access to insurance providers for their practice or business. The company's mission is to be a firm that brings real value to clients, builds personal relationships on top of business ones, and always conducts itself with sincerity, integrity and fairness. Because of the relationships with many providers, the company is able to shop a client's application around to get the best rates. Contact Nexus Insurance for a free, no obligation quote for medical malpractice insurance, professional liability insurance, or workers compensation insurance. Visit: http://www.nexus-insurance.net

Michael Kataf
Nexus Insurance Services
15 Edelweiss
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Phone: 800-459-3353
Fax: 888-600-6280
Email: info@nexus-insurance.com
http://www.nexus-insurance.net

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