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    Posted June 28, 2012 by
    Farmersburg, Indiana
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    Unaddressed Cause of Healthcare Cost


    In  the debate over the Affordable Care Act and rising healthcare costs,  the one issue that is not being addressed is the one which is one of the  biggest factors in why healthcare is so costly in the US of A. It is  also a factor that is not address by the ACA.

    That factor is medical malpractice costs.

    The  amount being paid out by providers to keep adequate coverage in the  event the provider is sued is outlandish and astronomical. Providers  have no choice as Congress and most state legislatures have failed to  cap awards that may be doled out by juries and the courts.

    We  have become such a sue-happy society and trial lawyers have taken  advantage of our base greed. We have the least little thing being a  cause to sue. Juries have it in their heads that all doctors and  providers are rich with money to burn.

    Tests  that would not, should not be ordered are for fear that a lawsuit will  be in the offing. The threat increases cost because needless tests and  procedures are performed.

    If  we really want to see healthcare costs come under control and lessened,  state legislatures and Congress needs to cap what a jury can award in  cases of medical malpractice. Congress and state legislatures need to  narrow what may be subject to litigation and what may not be taken to  court.

    Want to cap healthcare costs?

    Cap medical malpractice awards.

    From  the Cornfield, now is not the time to sit back and just take it, but to  push our lawmakers to address real issues that affect everyone's  wallets.

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