9780521614115

Medical Malpractice and the U.S. Health Care System

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521614115

  • ISBN10:

    0521614112

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-06-12
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Summary

Medical malpractice lawsuits are common and controversial in the United States. Since early 2002, doctors' insurance premiums for malpractice coverage have soared. As Congress and state governments debate laws intended to stabilize the cost of insurance, doctors continue to blame lawyers and lawyers continue to blame doctors and insurance companies. This book, which is the capstone of three years' comprehensive research funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, goes well beyond the conventional debate over tort reform and connects medical liability to broader trends and goals in American health policy. Contributions from leading figures in health law and policy marshal the best available information, present new empirical evidence, and offer cutting-edge analysis of potential reforms involving patient safety, liability insurance, and tort litigation.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
vii
Introduction 1(10)
William M. Sage
Rogan Kersh
PART ONE: FRAMING MEDICAL MALPRACTICE AS A HEALTH POLICY ISSUE
The Medical Malpractice System: Structure and Performance
11(19)
Michelle M. Mello
David M. Studdert
Malpractice Reform as a Health Policy Problem
30(13)
William M. Sage
Medical Malpractice and the New Politics of Health Care
43(28)
Rogan Kersh
PART TWO: THE HEALTH POLICY IMPACT OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
Who Pays When Malpractice Premiums Rise?
71(13)
Mark V. Pauly
The Effects of the U.S. Malpractice System on the Cost and Quality of Care
84(9)
David J. Becker
Daniel P. Kessler
Liability, Patient Safety, and Defensive Medicine: What Does the Future Hold?
93(22)
Troyen A. Brennan
Michelle M. Mello
David M. Studdert
Medical Liability and the Culture of Technology
115(22)
Peter D. Jacobson
PART THREE: MALPRACTICE REFORMS THAT SOLVE THE RIGHT PROBLEMS
Promoting Fairness in the Medical Malpractice System
137(17)
Maxwell J. Mehlman
Caps and the Construction of Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases
154(19)
Catherine M. Sharkey
Expertise and the Legal Process
173(18)
Catherine T. Struve
Disclosure and Fair Resolution of Adverse Events
191(1)
Carol B. Liebman
Chris Stern Hyman
PART FOUR: IN SEARCH OF A ``NEW PARADIGM''
Enterprise Liability in the Twenty-First Century
192(53)
Randall R. Bovbjerg
Robert Berenson
Private Contractual Alternatives to Malpractice Liability
245(22)
Jennifer Arlen
Medical Malpractice Insurance Reform: ``Enterprise Insurance'' and Some Alternatives
267(24)
Tom Baker
Governments as Insurers in Professional and Hospital Liability Insurance Markets
291(27)
Frank A. Sloan
Charles E. Eesley
Medicare-Led Malpractice Reform
318(33)
William M. Sage
Eleanor D. Kinney
Bibliography 351(38)
Index 389

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