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Dr. James Bean to stress the costs of defensive medicine, need for medical liability reform

WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. James Bean, President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and member of Doctors for Medical Liability Reform will appear before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health for a hearing on "Making Health Care Work for American Families: Improving Access to Care." The hearing will take place on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 10:00am in Room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

This will be the third in a series of hearings that will provide an overview of key health reform issues. Dr. Bean will testify that comprehensive health care reform legislation must include medical liability reform, in order to ensure patient access to quality health care for and to reign in the costs of defensive medicine.

"I think we can safely say that there is near universal agreement among physicians, patients, policy experts, opinion leaders, and policy makers on both sides of the aisle that our current medical liability system is broken and does not best serve the needs of patients or physicians," said Dr. Bean.

While certain states have passed their own medical liability reform measures, court challenges to the laws remain and physician insurance premiums continue to increase in states without reforms in place. Doctors for Medical Liability Reform supports federal medical liability reform when Congress takes up health care reform later this year.

"But we know as well that no overall reform of our health care delivery system can be effective if the heart of the system - the physicians who care for patients - are constantly under siege and being driven from practice by an abusive system," said Dr. Bean.

Doctors for Medical Liability Reform (DMLR) is a national coalition of practicing medical specialists committed to protecting patients' access to healthcare by supporting federal legislation that will reform our nation's broken medical liability system. DMLR has launched a major national grassroots effort called Protect Patients Now that includes physicians, patients and concerned citizens across the country.

To schedule an interview with Dr. James Bean, contact Lauren Slepian at 202-295-2316 or

SOURCE Doctors for Medical Liability Reform
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