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Medical Liability Reform Talking Points:

  • Liability pressure increases health system costs through its impact on defensive medicine.

  • Reforms work! The state of Texas is a model of reform for the nation with a 2003 law that has drawn more emergency and critical care physicians to the state and improved patient safety. In fact, in Texas, physicians liability rates have been cut by an average of 27%. The state has experienced a statewide increase in all physicians.

  • Despite the promise shown by earlier legislative reform with the leveling out of medical malpractice premiums, the 2009 Ohio Department of Insurance Medical Liability Closed Claim data report shows emergency medicine remains the 3rd most sued specialty in Ohio, likely due to the unique environment in which they practice, making life and death decisions, often without access to critical medical information. 85% of these cases were closed without indemnity, showing a vast over-litigation rate for our specialty.

  • Patient access to care is affected by liability concerns. Other specialists providing essential on-call services to emergency patients are often in critically short supply, due largely to increased liability exposure, higher liability premiums and reduced reimbursements for providing emergency care.  

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