Health care law fails to please tort reform advocates

03/29/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

Advocates of medical malpractice tort reform say the new health care law doesn't address their key concern that huge jury verdicts are driving up malpractice insurance costs and encouraging the practice of "defensive medicine." The law gives $50 million to states seeking to lower malpractice costs through improved patient safety or alternatives to court cases, but it also carries an exemption that critics say makes the measure ineffective.

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