Today, the White House released a memorandum from the President to the Secretary of Health & Human Services concerning medical liability reform. In response, AAJ released the following statement:
“Any changes to the malpractice system must focus on patient safety and preventable medical errors, not limiting patients’ legal rights.
“The goals outlined by the White House – such as reducing the number of injuries, fostering better communication, compensating patients quicker, and reducing doctors’ premiums – move the debate in the right direction.
“However, 46 states have already enacted tort reform and health care costs continue to hurt the pocketbooks of American families. Because of these tort reforms, patients injured through no fault of their own are often unable to seek justice.
“It is critical that these demonstration projects preserve Americans’ 7th Amendment right to a trial by jury. The details matter significantly, but any efforts to limit patients’ rights are not acceptable. Promoting greater patient safety and reducing preventable medical errors are tenets doctors, attorneys, hospitals, and all Americans can support.”
The statement is available on AAJ’s website here.