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    Forum on Medical Malpractice Reform

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    Most experts agree that the American system of medical malpractice insurance and litigation has to change, and soon, to keep health care going strong. A Nov. 14 forum will bring together experts from many fields to discuss the problem, and possible reforms.



    Newswise - Across the country, doctors are giving up their practices, reducing the services they provide or even picketing in the streets, all because of a dramatic rise in malpractice insurance costs and the legal climate in certain states. The crisis is affecting patient care, and helping to fuel increases in health care costs.

    Most experts agree that something has to change, and soon, to keep American health care going strong. But what? And how will competing interests from the legal community, the insurance industry, the health care professions, patient organizations and hospital groups allow a solution that will protect and aid patients and shield health care providers from unfair prosecution?

    An expert panel discussion will tackle some of these questions on November 14 at the University of Michigan, by examining the options for reforming the legal tort system and insurance practices.

    Sponsored by the U-M FORUM on Health Policy, and the Department of Internal Medicine at the U-M Medical School, the event will bring together experts from academia and the private sector.

    The free public event will begin at noon in the Ford Amphitheater of the main University Hospital, at 1500 E. Medical Center Drive in Ann Arbor. Titled "We Need Medical Malpractice Reform: Which Approach is Best?," the discussion will be moderated by U-M Medical School Dean Allen S. Lichter, M.D.

    The expert panel will include:
    * Richard C. Boothman, J.D., U-M assistant general counsel in the U-M Health System Legal Office, representing the perspective of a hospital defense attorney;

    * Kevin Clinton, president & CEO of the American Physicians Assurance Corp., a major medical malpractice insurance provider;

    * Richard C. Kaufman, J.D., of Fink, Zausmer & Kaufman, P.C., the former Chief Judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court;

    * Robert M. Soderstrom, M.D., a member of the faculty at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, and an advocate of patient no-fault insurance; and

    * Norman D. Tucker, J.D., a plaintiff's attorney with Sommers, Schwartz, Silver & Schwartz.

    For more information, members of the public should call 734-615-8334, or e-mail cstramec@umich.edu.



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    It seems that there is pressure to put a cap on lawsuits. Ok, if this is inevitable lets not settle for one cap. Different conditions should be treated as such. Why should someone who has lost the use of one finger have the same cap as someone who has more severe damages as a result of a doctor's error? This would prevent exaggerated settlement amounts from the lesser cases, but not confine the more serious victims to accept a settlement that would fall far short of their needs.

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    bigbob, I agree with you. There should be different caps for different conditions. Wise.

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