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Bush pushes for limit to medical malpractice awards

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 20 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:164
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    George Bush has announced that he is to ask Congress to impose strict limits on medical malpractice lawsuits, saying that doctors “should be focused on fighting illnesses, not on fighting lawsuits.”

    President Bush made his announcement in Madison County, Illinois, which a coalition of business and professional groups recently named as the best place in the United States for plaintiffs to file and win civil lawsuits.

    Mr Bush proposed that Congress should set a limit of $250 000 (£134 000; €191 000) for non-economic damages, such as “pain and suffering.” The House of Representatives has repeatedly passed bills to …

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