October 6, 2004 3:56 PM Subscribe
This election year, four states have medical malpractice award limits on the ballot. Since I know there are doctors (and lawyers) on mefi, I was wondering if any of them know of any other solutions to the issue of "frivolous lawsuits" driving up insurance costs (more inside). Note: not looking for a debate on the ballot measures in question, just looking for alternative solutions.
posted by pikachulolita to Law & Government (19 answers total)
I ask this question because I live in Oregon, one of the states that's voting on such a measure, and I am tired of seeing television ads sponsored by insurance companies implying this is the only way to reduce liability/malpractice insurance. On the other side, I see lawyers pushing the "no" vote under the guise of "calling for effective insurance reform", which is never actually discussed. It seems like something has to be done to minimize illegitimate malpractice suits and insurance from bankrupting doctors, but it also seems like the insurance companies have some unmitigated gall paying doctors to be in their ads saying that their insurance premiums are too high.
Are there other reasonable, less profit-based methods of weeding out these lawsuits?