"We couldn't have picked a better person
to lead our national and state efforts to replace the current
Richard L. Jackson, Chairman, Patients
For Fair Compensation
Patients for Fair Compensation, the non-profit working to
replace the nation's broken malpractice system with no-blame,
administrative model, today named Wayne W. Oliver as the first
executive director of the organization.
Oliver, a national thought leader who has spent his career in
the healthcare industry, has worked with leading healthcare leaders
including a recent position as a vice president overseeing civil
justice reform at the Center for Health Transformation, founded by
former Speaker Newt Gingrich.
"We couldn't have picked a better person to lead our national
and state efforts to replace the current malpractice system," said
Richard L. Jackson, chairman of Patients for Fair Compensation.
"Oliver has a keen sense that defensive medicine is driving up
healthcare costs and only when we replace the current model will we
see significant savings in healthcare."
Oliver will manage strategic operations as PFC works in the
states to communicate the benefits of a Patients' Compensation
System and how it reduces the practice of defensive medicine,
provides access to justice for harmed patients and improves patient
safety. He will be the primary spokesperson for the Atlanta-based
"This is a tremendous opportunity to show the nation that there
is a model out there that can actually bring down costs and improve
patient care," Oliver said. "I am eager to join the PFC as it
begins its work in Georgia and Florida to see the Patients'
Compensation System become law."
The Gallup organization has said that one in four healthcare
dollars can be attributed to defensive medicine or when physicians
order more tests and procedures than are necessary to keep from
being sued. A study released last year by a healthcare economics
firm found that a Patients' Compensation System could save $2.6
trillion over 10 years in healthcare costs if enacted
Lawmakers in Georgia and Florida are expected to consider
legislation this winter to create a Patients' Compensation System
in those states.
Oliver has held positions as vice president of RXAlly building a
state and federal government affairs practice. He also worked with
the Georgia Pharmacy Association for 19 years in government affairs
as the association's chief spokesman and advising on legal and
legislative matters. He started his career at the Medical
Association of Georgia, the primary trade group of Georgia
"Wayne will bring our efforts to a whole new
level," Jackson said. "His experience working with lawmakers will
help guide our efforts forward."
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