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Statement From IHA President Maryjane A. Wurth on Illinois Supreme Court Medical Liability Ruling
Date:2/4/2010

es in many states (33) across the country have already proven to be effective at reducing health care delivery costs. We call on the President and Congress to include this important cost-reducing solution to the federal health reform package.

Background

IHA strongly supported this legislation to restore predictability to Illinois' broken liability system that drove costs for hospitals and physicians to unsustainable levels and jeopardized patients' access to health care. The legislation included:

  • Caps on non-economic damages ($500,000 for physicians; $1 million for hospitals) – but NO limits on economic damages, such as future lost wages and all past, present and future medical costs;
  • Structured awards to more efficiently provide for future medical care of injured plaintiffs and reduce medical liability costs (e.g., periodic payments such as annuities, rather than lump sum payments);
  • Insurance regulations, including new data reporting to promote greater competition in the marketplace and to stabilize premiums;
  • Strengthened physician disciplinary regulations;
  • Expert witness standards;
  • Apology protection.

The Illinois Hospital Association is an advocate for 200 Illinois hospitals and health systems. See IHA's web site at www.ihatoday.org.

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