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A medical malpractice suit can sometimes take a long time to resolve in court. And lengthy court proceedings mean higher costs for everyone involved. In Georgia new legislation is underway that would take medical malpractice claims from the court system and handle them through a state board in the hope of reducing costs. But not everyone is in agreement with the proposed legislation. Here is a look at what some are saying for and against the new bill.

Proponents

According to Senator Brandon Beach, who is sponsoring the new bill, the legislation would reduce the cost of defensive medicine and put a greater percentage of the money into the hands of patients who are entitled to compensation. The problem with the current system, according to Beach, is that out of fear of a lawsuit, doctors are ordering more than 13 billion dollars’ worth of unnecessary tests every year in Georgia. These excessive tests lead to higher medical bills for patients, and in turn, higher healthcare costs. Beach is hopeful that by handling medical malpractice suits out of court, healthcare costs can be lowered.

Opponents

Not everyone is of the opinion that the new bill would be a money saver. According to Jay Sadd, the president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, turning malpractice claims over to a state board that would be funded by taxpayers wouldn’t save money at all. And even if it did, Sadd argues that the proposed bill is unconstitutional because it violates the 7th amendment right to a trial by jury. Sadd argues that under the new system, doctors would not be held to the same level of accountability, but rather, would govern themselves.

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Source: http://www.gpb.org/news/2013/02/18/legislation-targets-medical-malpractice
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Texas
mayceegreene, is this a good thing or a bad thing in your opinion?
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Dane
Could this new arrangement provide some new employment alternatives for robo-signers once we get past the foreclosure crisis? Maybe bank robo-signers can find new employment with hospitals creating records to help physicians avoid responsibility and liability for their errors!
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