Action kit on medical liability launched
As part of a campaign for reforming liability legislation in the United States, a new action kit has been launched by the American Medical Association.
The kit includes tools for doctors or students to educate and motivate patients on this issue. It includes a sample letter to patients containing language to use when talking with patients about the subject. The kit includes wall posters for high traffic areas highlighting how the medical liability crisis is affecting patients' access to care, patient brochures, and displays including sign up charts to receive regular issue updates via mail, email, or fax.
The primary cause of the emerging medical liability crisis is the escalation in jury awards, with the average award around $3.5m (£2m; a3m). New legislation will establish a cap on non-economic damages (pain or mental anguish) of up to $250 000. It will allocate damages fairly and in proportion to a party's