The nonpartisian Congressional Budget Office previously estimated that tort law changes would save at the most $54 billion over the next decade, which is about 0.5% of all health care spending. House Republican leadership is looking to include these so-called “cost savings” from medical malpractice as a way to pay for tax cuts to the top 1%. It is hard to believe that we have elected representatives who would advocate for a law that would further harm individuals and families who are already hurting from the results of medical negligence. Instead of focusing on limiting patients’ legal rights, more attention should be paid to making sure people aren’t injured in the first place, which will save money and lives.
Accountability encourages safe healthcare. H.R. 5 destroys accountability. The Institute of Medicine found that 98,000 people die every year from preventable medical errors.
How to Help: Contact your members of Congress and tell them:
· The Institute of Medicine found that 98,000 people die every year from preventable medical errors, at a cost of nearly $300 billion over 10 years.
· This amount doesn’t even include the costs associated with people who are injured but survive the event.
· Decreasing the number of patients killed by medical errors would have potential savings six times greater than tort law changes.