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Pennsylvania medical malpractice panel wants more studies

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s medical malpractice panel recommended that caps on damages for pain and suffering be further studied. According to the 34-page Pennsylvania medical malpractice report it stated that, “it seems obvious that, if the cap is low enough, it will reduce the size of a verdict or settlement, and that could result in a decrease in insurance premiums. Caps alone, however, will not solve the current crisis, and any effect will not be immediate.”

Public Citizen released a 25-page report on Pennsylvania medical malpractice January 16, 2003. The Pennsylvania Medical Society criticized the report, while choosing to focus much of its attention to a typo that was included in the report. The Public Citizen consumer group challenged the Pennsylvania Medical Society to provide facts to back up its attacks on the report, however the Public Citizen Congress Watch director has stated that so far no factual rebuttals have been provided.

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