ERIC Number: ED289115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May-20
Medical Malpractice: A Framework for Action. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
At the request of Senator John Heinz and Representative John Edward Porter, the General Accounting Office (GAO) assessed the nature of increases in the costs of medical malpractice insurance over the years, how various states have tried to deal with medical malpractice problems, and what federal and state actions may be warranted. This report suggests actions that the GAO considers appropriate beginnings to address medical malpractice problems. An introductory chapter presents background information; documents the increases in medical malpractice insurance costs since 1983; and explains the scope, objectives, and methodology of the study. The second chapter focuses on actions to address medical malpractice problems and contains sections on : (1) reducing the incidence of medical malpractice injuries; (2) improving communication; (3) reforming tort laws; (4) evaluating alternative dispute resolution mechanisms; and (5) studying the insurance industry. GAO recommendations and suggestions to the United States Congress, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Attorney General are discussed. Actions at the state level concerning oversight of health care provision are suggested. A list of GAO reports related to medical malpractice is appended. (NB)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Government Role, Insurance, Legal Problems, Malpractice, Physicians, State Action, Torts, Trend Analysis
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (1-5 copies, free; 6 or more copies, $2.00 each).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.