Need for Tort Reforms
Tort Reforms have been an important part of the Bush agenda. According to President Bush, the Congress needs to protect America’s patients, doctors, and hospitals from the staggering costs of out-of-control lawsuits by passing important medical liability reforms. He has pointed out that most of the doctors have abandoned Pennsylvania because of the high cost of medical insurance. This is mainly due to the unnecessary law suits.
The cost of malpractice insurance threatens the very survival of adequate medical care. Medical malpractice insurance premiums are substantially higher in certain states like West Virginia than they are in other surrounding states. For some specialists, the premiums in these regions are more than double what the premiums are for the same coverage in the neighboring states. The result is doctors leaving that region in search of greener pastures. Medical students and residents being trained in medical schools of areas with higher premiums are becoming more likely to leave those regions to start their professional careers in other states.
In such circumstances, Tort Reforms are needed to stop lawsuit abuse and assist the medical community. The republicans believe that to solve the problem of exorbitant malpractice insurance premiums, regions such as West Virginia must enact significant tort reform. The lawsuits have taken a heavy toll, and unless something is done in this regard, they will continue to do so.
There is a need to curtail frivolous lawsuits against doctors and hospitals in order to bring balance and reason into the resolution of medical malpractice claims. Texas for Lawsuit Reforms, an organization started by Mr. Dick Weekley, is aimed to help such regions to bring about balance. TLR’s objective is to restore litigation to its traditional and appropriate role in our society.