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date: 23 October 2018

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This chapter examines whether medical malpractice reform can fix the problems of the U.S. healthcare system. It first reviews the empirical evidence on the relationship between medical malpractice litigation and healthcare quality improvement and then considers the impact of the medical liability system on healthcare spending, focusing on defensive medicine. It also analyzes the effect of tort reform on physician supply and explains why reforming the medical liability system will not fix the current ills of the healthcare system. It offers four concrete steps for improving the performance of the medical malpractice system.

Keywords: medical malpractice reform, healthcare, medical malpractice litigation, healthcare quality improvement, medical liability, healthcare spending, defensive medicine, tort reform, physician supply, medical malpractice

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