"Hands down, doctors just love the idea of
moving to a no-fault, predictable model that will make the practice
of medicine more stable for everyone."
Richard L. Jackson, Chairman, Patients for Fair Compensation
Physicians Say Proposal Would
Reduce Healthcare Costs
ATLANTA (July 9, 2012) - Georgia doctors,
hungry for new solutions to bring down the cost of healthcare,
overwhelmingly endorse a proposal by Patients for Fair Compensation
to replace the state's medical liability system with one patterned
legally after workers compensation.
In a statewide survey of Georgia physicians, 96 percent of
doctors agreed that a Patients' Compensation System would reduce
healthcare costs. And 95 percent of the doctors said they were
likely to support such legislation if the General Assembly pursued
it in 2012.
A Patients' Compensation System would be a no-fault system in
which a patient who had been medically harmed could file a claim
for review by a panel. If that panel deemed "avoidable harm"
occurred, the claim would be forwarded to a Compensation Board to
This would create a predictable model where patients would know
their cases would be heard. Doctors would know they wouldn't be
hauled into court for frivolous reasons. The system would provide
more injured patients compensation. They would receive predictable
settlements in much faster time.
The recent survey of 330 Georgia doctors was conducted for
Patients for Fair Compensation by Oppenheim Research of
Tallahassee. It has an error rate of plus or minus 5.5 percent.
When asked if a PCS were adopted into law, 90 percent of doctors
surveyed agreed they would be able to live without fear of
litigation, without fear of admitting mistakes and result in
improved quality of care and patient safety. And 96 percent of the
doctors surveyed said it would reduce healthcare costs by reducing
the practice of defensive medicine - or when physicians order
unnecessary tests and procedures to keep from being sued.
"Hands down, doctors just love the idea of moving to a no-fault,
predictable model that will make the practice of medicine more
stable for everyone," said Richard L. Jackson, chairman of Patients
for Fair Compensation. "When Georgia's high court struck down caps,
we had to find another route to a rational medical tort system that
brought healthcare costs in line."
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Contact: Susan L. Meyers, (404) 518-2271 or slmeyers
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