EXCLUSIVE Healthcare Report – OUT TODAY

02/03/2010 14:03

EXCLUSIVE – OUT TODAY: a report entitled, “The Failure to Address the Costs of Defensive Medicine in Health Care Legislation,” by Rep. Darrell Issa, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Its findings include: “Defensive medicine wastes as much as $210 billion annually. … In 2003, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that the federal government spends between $33.7 billion and $56.2 billion per year for malpractice coverage and the costs of defensive medicine. Committee staff inquired of HHS whether they had an updated figure, but staff was told by personnel in the Office of the Assistant Secretary Planning and Evaluation that the report in question involved medical malpractice litigation which ‘is not a priority with this Administration [the Obama Administration]’ so there is no further information on the topic. If Congress would take steps to place ‘reasonable limits on non-economic damages [it] would reduce the amount of taxpayers’ money the federal government spends by $28.1-$50.6 billion per year.’”

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