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AMA Calls on Congressional Deficit Committee to Include Medical Liability Reforms in Final Legislative Package

For immediate release:
Oct. 4, 2011

Washington, D.C. – The American Medical Association (AMA) appealed today to the Joint Congressional Committee on Deficit Reduction to save American taxpayers billions of dollars while protecting patient access to care by reforming the broken medical liability system. A total of 98 state and specialty medical societies joined the AMA by co-signing letters delivered to the deficit committee asking members to include meaningful liability reforms in their final legislative package.

"Reforming the costly and inefficient medical liability system with proven solutions will save taxpayers money," said AMA President Peter W. Carmel, M.D. "Comprehensive reforms that include a reasonable limit on non-economic damages would reduce the federal budget deficit by $62.4 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office."

"Preserving quality and access in medicine, while reducing unnecessary cost, will require fairness in the civil justice system," said Dr. Carmel. "Every dollar that government health programs spend on the broken medical liability system is money that cannot be used on health care."

The AMA urged the deficit committee to adopt a package of liability reforms along with language that allows individual states to maintain or enact their own effective reforms.

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Contact:

Robert J. Mills
American Medical Association
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