Tort Reform is something that we've covered plenty of times. We know that it doesn't really do anything as far as lowering health care costs.
We know that it doesn't improve overall healthcare, and it doesn't help in regard to bringing more physicians to a state.
Tort Reform only helps large companies and insurance companies avoid financial responsibility for their actions.
An article in the Huffington Post posits that not only does tort reform not positively impact health care and its costs, but it actually leads to poorer care for all patients. The article summarizes studies performed by the Northwestern University, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management, and the Northwestern University School of Law. In summary, the studies found:
- “Consistent evidence that patient safety generally falls” after damage caps are enacted.
- “Caps on damages” actually increase health care costs.
- When a state passes caps, the only kinds of doctors the stated seems to attract are plastic surgeons.
The term “Tort Reform” really only means the taking away of the rights of injured people following an incident or accident.
Tort reform places a limit (called a “cap”) across the board for damages that can be awarded in any case, no matter how serious the injuries might be.
Neck sprain, loss of a limb or loss of life---it does not matter.
Tort reform protects the wrongdoer from full financial responsibility.
Arizona voters have always rejected tort reforms laws in Arizona.
Simply, they understand that it is not right for the people in Arizona.