FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
5/12/2015
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
John Maszinski
Office: 312-580-6440
Cell: 312-608-3620
E-mail:johnmaszinski@isms.org
Medical Liability Reform in Illinois
Statement of Scott A. Cooper, M.D., President, Illinois State Medical Society

Chicago, IL -Each year, Illinois loses about half of the physicians who complete a medical residency in our state.  Among those who leave, two thirds cite Illinois' reputation for lawsuit abuse as an influencing factor. An onerous medical lawsuit climate also forces existing doctors to drop or limit certain high-risk procedures and order more tests than medically necessary, a practice known as "defensive medicine." 

States with strong medical liability protections spend less on health care through lower medical liability insurance premiums and decreased spending associated with defensive medicine. They are also more likely to attract and retain a strong physician workforce.

Illinois physicians believe in fair compensation for patients who are harmed while receiving medical care.  It is not our intent to impede anyone's right to file a lawsuit.  However, reforms are needed to ensure Illinoisans' access to medical care. We urge lawmakers to deliberate on the big-picture health care needs of our state when considering lawsuit reform.

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Founded in 1840, ISMS is a professional membership association representing Illinois physicians in all medical specialties, and their patients, statewide. Dr. Cooper is an emergency physician practicing in Waukegan.


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