Is there a feasible way to reform the medical malpractice system? Would changes be worthwhile?
Katja Ridderbusch, an Atlanta-based foreign correspondent for German news media, looks to European and other countries’ legal systems for an answer.
In a new GHN Commentary, Ridderbusch describes the differences between tort systems and poses possible solutions for the high malpractice costs in America.
“The premium for medical liability insurance for a general surgeon in the United States can be as high as $130,000 to $190,000 in areas such as Long Island, N.Y., or Miami,’’ she notes. “In Germany, it’s between $5,000 and $10,000.”
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