At both the state and federal level, politicians continue to discuss measures to manage the quantity of medical malpractice cases in the system, and the money awarded in a verdict.
However, specifically in New York State, new malpractice lawsuits have been filed at effectively a flat rate for several years, while awards in such cases have risen at a rate equal to medical inflation. Moreover, New York has one of the highest number of physicians per capita in the country. Therefore, the legislature needs to refocus the debate on more specific issues pertaining to patient safety:
Actions that remove the ability of average citizens, harmed by a physician, to seek accountability and redress for that harm are unacceptable. Additionally, accountability needs to continue in a profession that has little, if any, governmental oversight. Instead, politicians need to implement solutions that end avoidable errors in the first place and reduce the incidence of malpractice.
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