About the Problem

According to Gallup, one in four health care dollars can be attributed to the cost of defensive medicine — which refers to the practice of a doctor ordering unnecessary tests or treatment as protection from future legal action.

The Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will be unable to pay full benefits beginning in 2030; and the Social Security Trust Fund will be unable to pay full benefits beginning in 2033.

Medicare

About the Policy

Institute reforms to reduce defensive medicine, with policy options including placing caps on non-economic and punitive damages; establishing risk-sharing between parties responsible for injury in place of the normal practice of joint and several liability; and imposing limits on contingency fees charged by lawyers.

Public Support

74% of All Polled
79% of Democrats
73% of Republicans
68% of Independents

Polling data derived from three national surveys conducted by Cohen Research Group in February and March 2016. Each survey had a sample size of at least 1,000 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%