Americans favor liability reform legislation

More than three-fifths of Americans surveyed by the Health Coalition on Liability and Access (HCLA) support passage of comprehensive medical liability reform legislation. And 76% of those surveyed said they favor legally imposed reasonable limits on noneconomic pain and suffering awards.

According to the poll, 74% of Americans believe their access to quality health care is threatened because medical liability costs are driving doctors out of practice. And 64% said that medical lawsuit abuse is one of the primary causes of rising health care costs.

"It is clear that the medical liability crisis is an issue that deeply concerns Americans," said HCLA chairman Christian Shalgian. Shalgian called on Congress to enact "common-sense medical liability reforms to preserve patients' access to care and to allow doctors to provide quality medical services."