Archives: April 2011

April 2011 Newsletter

Protect Patients Now Volume 6, Issue 4 APRIL 2011 Newsletter E-Newsletter Special points of interest: HCLA/PPN Returns to Capitol Hill Share Your Medical Lawsuit Abuse Story Take Action – Contact Congress in Support of the HEALTH Act Red River Reform New England Journal of Medicine Talks Tort Reform HCLA/PPN Returns to Capitol Hill The HCLA and Protect Patients Now had another chance to educate lawmakers on the need for comprehensive medical liability reform when the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing earlier this month titled, “The Cost of the Medical Liability System Proposals for Reform, including H.R. 5, the Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2011.” Troy M. Tippett, MD, a Florida neurosurgeon representing the HCLA, emphasized to committee members that “our medical liability system is broken and it is time to protect patients now by passing H.R. 5 and passing it quickly.” With neurosurgery topping the list of physicians most likely to be targeted by personal injury lawyers, Dr. Tippett understands the consequences of inaction. As he told Congress, “In the years ahead, we can expect this kind of avoidance behavior will inevitably lead to increasing shortages of doctors, particularly in…

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