While most Republicans and many doctors believe that putting a limit on how much money should be awarded per malpractice suit to quell some of the rising health care costs, others point out this is not the case. According to a survey done, medical malpractice suits only contribute a very small amount to the overall picture. While the notion of addressing medical malpractice caps has been brought to the attention of the President numerous times, he does not feel that a cap is necessary to remedy the problem.
By capping the amounts awarded, patients might actually lose out on what monies rightly would be deserving to them due to a medically negligent occurrence. The President does encourage the idea of preventative medicine which is already in effect. The practice of preventative medicine is not a guarantee of malpractice suits, either. Preventive health care means less tests being run, less financial stress on the health care system, and overall better health care for patients.
Limiting Malpractice Suits
If a bill to put a limit on medical malpractice suits were to go into effect, the cost of malpractice insurance for doctors would likely decrease substantially, alleviating costs on the patients billing charges. This in turn would lower some of the insurance premiums patients and businesses pay out yearly, or so some people seem to be swayed to believe.
The States’ Decision
Certain states actually have instated their own limits on such lawsuits, yet there is no nationwide capping limit. So if tort reform really only makes up a small percentage of the health care costs, why are so many people in favor of capping? With studies showing that the actual awarded amounts are menial when broken down by state and suit, it is apparent that perhaps health care reform will not have any impact whatsoever on medical malpractice capping.
Politics of the Matter
Perhaps the biggest concern with medical lawsuits lies within a realm of politics alone. So for now, the only change that might be seen is that more doctors and patients will start seeing more preventative health practices in the near future.