The cost of healthcare in the US is very expensive and is rising rapidly. Tort is one of the main reason this is happening. Tort pay out usually comes from the insurance companies, which eventually raise the insurance cost, and the cost is incurred to everyone paying insurance. In addition, the current medical liability system does not effectively compensate patients from medical negligence nor improve patient safety by addressing system errors. 93% of physicians have started to practice defensive medicine3 in order to avoid getting into lawsuits and this has adversely affected the physician-patient relationship. Physician eliminate complex procedures or procedures that seem litigious. These behaviors have strained and limit physicians to their scope of work, which ends up
Kirk W. Dillard, Illinois' Landmark Tort Reform: The Sponsor's Policy Explanation, 27 LOY. U. CHI. L.J. 805, 809 nn.1, 16-17 (1996).
See Dillard, supra note 10, at 809 n.16 http://www.aaos.org/news/aaosnow/nov08/managing7.asp
adding to the rising healthcare costs. Frivolous malpractice suits also put doctors out of business. Tort reform is a solution to slow down the rising healthcare cost.
Tort liability, also known as product liability inhibits innovation and other economically desirable activities. Manufacturers in the US have become reluctant to test out new products for the fear of