Alternative Solutions to Florida’s Medical Malpractice System
The cost of healthcare in the state of Florida is becoming untenable, driven in part by defensive medicine. The existing system is one wherein only a handful of injured patients receive compensation, where malpractice cases take years to resolve, where damage awards are inconsistent and do not actually improve quality of care or lead toward standardization of care. The state should take steps to create an effective and equitable solution to medical malpractice reform through an administratively based “patients compensation system”. They should also build standards of care to guide practitioners as well as those charged with the responsibility of adjudicating claims of medical malpractice.