Medical Crisis in 42 States
Huge Extra Costs for Companies
Report Documents the Financial
for Business in
Reforming State Medical Liability Laws
its new report, Medical Crisis: A Pocketbook Matter for Employers,
the Center for America reveals the shocking statistics behind
the health care crisis in our nation," said John Engler (below),
President of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and former
Governor of Michigan.
"CEOs, small business owners, and top
executives will learn that patient access to health care directly
affects the cost of employer-paid health insurance. When a hostile legal
environment chokes the health care profession in a state, insurers raise
premiums or simply stop providing coverage," continued Engler.
"Physicians leave the state or limit their practices. Hospitals and
critical care facilities shut down, stranding many communities without
critical medical services. The human toll is terrifyingly clear. The
cost for employers is equally and unacceptably clear. In states that
fail to embrace common sense legal reform, employers face an
ever-mounting threat of health care-related litigation."
is the fact: States that have expansive medical liability laws on
their books have driven doctors and healthcare facilities out of
business through sky-high malpractice insurance rates and predatory
tactics of the plaintiff’s bar,” said Dan Pero, (right), President of
CFA. “Without basic legal reforms that protect patients and provide
relief for the health care community, patients suffer and businesses are
left holding the tab.”
“The connection is crystal-clear,” Pero went
on. “In states where health care is protected with a fair legal system,
patient access to quality care improves, and costs come down – for
employers and employees alike. Business and health care are tied
together in a common cause – a healthy legal system that provides fair
and predictable justice.”
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Haley Barbour (R) describes how rampant medical
liability lawsuit abuse was driving away doctors and closing
facilities until Mississippi enacted legal reform in 2004.
Governor Joe Manchin (D) describes how liability lawsuit
abuse in West Virginia was driving up insurance rates and
costing West Virginians millions until new legal reform laws
were passed in 2003 and 2005.
Dr. James Tayoun, the founding member of Patients and Physicians
Alliance (PAPA) describes, from his perspective as a doctor, how
lawsuit abuse in Pennsylvania against the medical community has
wreaked havoc on the quality of medical care and driving doctors
to others states.
Ken Kilpatrick, Director of Education for PAPA,
provides first-hand stories about the compelling need to reform
the medical liability systems that dramatically affect our
families, friends and employees.
Dr. Mark Rabinowitz,
an internist from Philadelphia and a member of
discusses the impact on patients who must search for doctors
when they have a medical crisis and how this affects patient