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AMA Unites Organized Medicine in Successful Defense of Maryland's Cap on Jury Awards

For immediate release:
Sept. 27, 2010

Statement attributed to:
Cecil B. Wilson, MD
President, American Medical Association

"The decision by Maryland’s top court to again reject a constitutional challenge to the state’s cap on non-economic damages is another validation of this proven legal reform.

"The Litigation Center of the American Medical Association and State Medical Societies, in cooperation with MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, filed an amicus brief supporting Maryland’s reasonable limitations on jury awards for pain and suffering. The successful defense of Maryland’s cap on damages shows yet again that when organized medicine uses its combined resources, the best outcome for patients and doctors can be achieved.

"The joint physician brief argued that caps on non-economic damages work and have proven to stabilize physicians' liability premiums and protect patients’ access to care. After placing a cap on non-economic damages more than three decades ago, the medical liability climate in California remins stable with premiums in check. In 2003, Texas enacted reforms and now patients benefit from a statewide influx of physicians.

"The AMA is committed to enacting and defending strong medical liability reform laws on the state and national levels so that physicians can focus on what’s most important – patient care."

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Robert J. Mills
AMA Media Relations
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