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Do large medical malpractice payouts affect general healthcare?

Every year many Illinois residents suffer from the effects of unusual or misguided treatment by medical practitioners who act outside the norms of professional care guidelines. Victims of medical malpractice can be of any age, including newborns and the elderly, and often the resultant condition or injury suffered as a result of medical mistreatment is far worse than the injuries suffered from an accident. Victims of medical malpractice were consulting a physician for assistance and ended up being harmed.

The debate over the amount of compensation that should be awarded to victims as well as their families from medical malpractice lawsuits has long been regarded as controversial. Many politicians have suggested that the amount of compensation awarded by the courts should be restricted to certain levels.

Conversely, some politicians do not believe in creating a limit of compensation for medical malpractice lawsuits and believe that the amount of money awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits should be decided according to the circumstances of each case. Victims now are faced with the challenge of proving malpractice and negligence of the doctor and also making a case for compensation.

In fact, some researchers have found that large medical malpractice payouts do not overly burden the ability of the healthcare field to provide medical care in general. The growing cost of medical care has been largely attributed to the cost of equipment and infrastructure used for procedures. It has also been found that when medical treatment and procedures were closely monitored by a medical community, the number of malpractice cases was substantially reduced and the cost of procedures were also less.

Source: NCBI.NLM.NIH.com, "The welfare effects of medical malpractice liability," Darius N. Lakdawalla and Seth A. Seabury, Dec. 2012

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