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South Carolina medical malpractice debate continues

For the second day yesterday, debate continued in the Senate on a bill that would limit South Carolina medical malpractice lawsuit awards for noneconomic damages at $250,000.

Opponents of the medical malpractice cap say the letter from Timothy J. Ward of Marsh USA shows that supporters do not have the necessary facts needed to argue for limits. Ward's company manages the South Carolina Joint Underwriting Association, which handles coverage for four or five South Carolina doctors.

While estimates on total jury awards showed a medical malpractice cap could yield a rate reduction for care providers insured by the South Carolina Medical Malpractice Patients' Compensation Fund, Ward says the savings are prediction based on assumptions not known to be factual.

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