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Tort Reform Does Not Eliminate Defensive Medicine Practices, Study Finds
Date:3/3/2010

According to a recent online poll by Jackson Healthcare, 64 percent of Texas physicians report that tort reform has not decreased their defensive medicine practices.

Alpharetta, GA (Vocus) March 2, 2010 -- According to a recent online poll by Jackson Healthcare, 64 percent of Texas physicians report that tort reform has not decreased their defensive medicine practices.

Texas enacted tort reform measures in 2003. Jackson’s poll found that Texas physicians practice less defensive medicine than the nation’s average (80 percent in Texas vs. 92 percent in the U.S.); however, the numbers suggest that tort reform is not a silver bullet for eliminating defensive medicine costs.

According to Jackson Healthcare chairman and chief executive officer, Richard Jackson, while tort reforms, or damage caps, help reduce “malpractice costs,” they are not a comprehensive solution to skyrocketing costs that result from defensive medicine.

“Twenty-five to thirty-four percent of healthcare dollars is being wasted on tests and treatments patients don’t need or want,” said Jackson. “Why? Because physicians are personally financially liable for mistakes and omissions. One mistake can cost physicians their career, reputation and livelihood.”

Recent Jackson Healthcare polls found that defensive medicine constitutes between 26-34 percent of healthcare costs. Jackson believes tort reform addresses only the tip of a very large iceberg of spending. “As long as physicians are held personally financially liable for mistakes, no measures wi
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