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Medical malpractice studies fail to address patient care

This week, several academic studies have been released on medical malpractice, medical liability law and physician reaction to the perceived threat of liability – which Public Citizen consumer group believes fails to address the most important aspect of the medical malpractice debate.

The watchdog group is referring to the failure to address finding solutions to the medical malpractice deficiencies, as the system currently stands, regarding the best outcomes for patients while allowing victims' rights to remain should they choose to seek compensation for injuries suffered.

Public Citizen offered closer review of the recent studies, pointing out key factors the group believes the studies failed to take into account in a press release analysis. Included in the group's review was the “Impact of Malpractice Reforms on the Supply of Physician Services” in the June 1 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Have State Caps on Malpractice Awards Increased the Supply of Physicians?” in the June 1 edition of Health Affairs and “Defensive Medicine Among High-Risk Specialist Physicians in a Volatile Malpractice Environment,” in the June 1 edition of Journal of the American Medical Association .

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