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White House Sets $25 Million for Medical Liability Project

Reuters reports:

The White House said on Thursday it had allocated $25 million in grants to states for a pilot program that would seek to ease the impact of malpractice suits on the U.S. medical system, as President Barack Obama pushes for sweeping healthcare reform.

Obama offered the plan in a speech to Congress last week in connection with the wishes of many legislators, particularly Republicans, that medical malpractice laws be reformed as part of an overhaul.

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Posted at 3:31 PM ET on Sep 17, 2009  | Category:  Health Care
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The current medical malpractice (medmal) system is woefully inefficient, with only 39 cents on the dollar going to claimants. Find out more at

Posted by: JEngdahlJ | September 18, 2009 12:54 PM

In this case, critics have it right. None of the five versions currently on the table adequately discuss ambulance chasers. Medical malpractice suits, in which 1/3rd of the settlement goes to lawyers, is a disgrace and a big factor in raising medical costs. We need specialized courts to consider medical errors or better yet independent panels to assess damage and decide restitution. No monetary penalties but doctors whose name appears to often can have their license revoked. How to pay for it? Require all insurers to put 1% of their income into a fund.

Posted by: schumann-bonn | September 18, 2009 12:20 PM

WOW!!! A whole $25 million? That's almost as much as federal funding for the study of mating habits of crabs and the DNA of harbor seals. I'm so impressed (NOT!)

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2009 4:22 PM

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