Every day jurors decide whether people live or die. Now, the medical and insurance lobbies are pushing a proposal that assumes those same jurors can’t be trusted to sit in judgment of doctors and hospitals in malpractice cases.
“Health Courts” are the latest salvo in the war being waged by powerful health-care special interests against the constitutional right of injured patients to have their cases decided by juries. A bill is pending in Congress to set up pilot programs in 10 states, and legislation has been introduced in the Pennsylvania Legislature to divert all medical malpractice cases to special legal venues. Read the article here.
Is anyone looking out for the consumer of health care?