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Any Real Healthcare Reform Difficult in Oregon


What: In an attempt to remedy the difficulty in recruiting physicians to Oregon because of the medical malpractice environment, a state senator co-sponsored legislation which would create a “Safe Harbor.” This would allow for a sort of mediation process that would be “not discoverable.” But it appears that there is too much opposition to let the bill continue forward.

Why: “The issue with tort reform has never been rewards for actual costs, which could include everything from actual medical expenses to the loss of potential income which could stretch out of a life time.  The issue has been what is called punitive damages (which some label as pain and suffering), which is an amount above and beyond any true costs.” This is what often makes malpractice cases a form of a lottery, and why legislation that limits it is generally opposed by trial attorneys who coincidentally are often legislators themselves.


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