Insurance Industry and Tort Reform News
"The Civil Rights Movement of this decade is Mental Health Care quality and equality."
-- Updated March 12, 2006 --

      Welcome!

    The mission of this page is to provide links to news and information about the so-called "tort reform" movement. What is tort reform? Generally speaking, tort reform refers to legislation that limits the amount of civil lawsuit awards to plaintiffs who are suing for medical malpractice and other forms of personal injuries. Such legislation generally also limits the amount that may also be awarded to attorneys representing the suing party.

    The question for physicians is generally whether this is the best way to go about trying to find ways to reduce malpractice insurance rates. To date, it is a solution full of "holes." Major endorsers of such reform are pharmaceutical companies and other businesses and, of course, the insurance industry. The benefits to physicians is highly arguable.

    The argument that Washington State tort reform should more or less mirror California tort reform needs to be closely examined. Does that argument mean "mirror just the tort reform" or does it also mean "mirror the tort reform and the insurance reform" that has taken place in California? See links below for more information.

    Check back often to find updated links and information about tort reform.

      Washington State Governor Negotiated a "Settlement."

      Some History of Washington State Tort Reform.

      Tort Reform and Malpractice Insurance News of 2004.

      Thank You for Stopping By!

        - Best wishes, Ron Sterling M.D. (Seattle, Washington, USA)


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