Sunday, July 19, 2009
Ronen Avraham (Texas), David Hyman (Illinois--Law & Medicine), and Charles Silver (Texas) have published an op-ed on medical malpractice damage caps in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. They are responding to Rep. Michael Burgess's bill to enact Texas-style damage caps for the entire country. Here's a taste:
In our judgment, the Texas approach is too simple-minded. Texans got nothing in return when they gave all healthcare providers the benefit of caps on noneconomic damages in 2003. They received no guarantee that the supply or the quality of healthcare available to Texans would improve, or that costs would go down.
Any restrictions the federal government imposes should be "smart" ones. They should insulate only providers who deliver cost-effective healthcare that protects patients from harm.
The entire piece is here.