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An interesting article on tort reform in Missouri.

“More recently, a study by WellPoint, a large insurer, found that medical malpractice was “not a major driver of spending trends.”

“In the Kansas City area, 22 medical malpractice claims were filed last year, but only five resulted in plaintiffs’ verdicts, according to the Greater Kansas City Jury Verdict Service. In 2007, 19 claims were filed, and only five resulted in plaintiffs’ verdicts. In 2006, 23 claims were filed and just two resulted in plaintiffs’ verdicts.”

http://www.kansascity.com/2009/08/28/1412046_p2/would-tort-reform-make-a-difference.html

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"The bottom line is that those items typically blamed for
rising health care costs — insurer profits, the aging of America and the high
cost of medical malpractice — in fact have little impact on health care
premiums."

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS137490+27-May-2009+PRN20090527