Defensive Medicine

Obama's proposed malpractice reforms would protect providers

Obama's proposed malpractice reforms would protect providers

President Obama is asking the Justice Department for $250 million in grants to help states write and implement new medical malpractice laws to help lower healthcare costs.

Medical liability costs may total $55.6 billion annually, study finds

Medical liability costs may total $55.6 billion annually, study finds

Medical liability and defensive medicine cost the United States an estimated $55.6 billion each year, according to a study in Health Affairs. That represented about 2.4% of national healthcare spending in 2008.