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Tort Reform’s Impact on Lowering Medical Malpractice Litigation Costs Limited
Health Leaders Media

The price tag of malpractice liability and defensive medicine comes to $55.6 billion a year, or 2.4% of healthcare spending, far lower than the American Medical Association’s estimate of $200 billion, a Harvard study says.

And while tort reform efforts to reduce malpractice lawsuit threats, such as those suggested in the Affordable Care Act, might reduce that cost, other efforts underway, such as the remodeling of the healthcare delivery system with “alterations to the fee-for-service system and the incentives it provides for overuse, probably provide greater opportunities for savings.”

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