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Where is tort reform?

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Physicians met with Congressman Sanford Bishop in Albany Friday for question and answer session on health care reform.

One of the biggest questions was why Medical Tort reform hasn't made its way into proposals. All the doctors in the room said they would reduce the number of tests they order for patients if their malpractice insurance could be capped, thus limiting their liability.

That could also cut down on the cost of care to both patients and physicians. 

"It's extremely expensive to carry liability insurance and other states we've seen when liability insurance has gotten so expensive, they have left the states, so we think that is important," said Dougherty County Medical Society President Dr. Deborah Trammell.

Congressman Bishop says the point of health care reform is to make sure every person in America can have access to affordable health care coverage.

He says he doesn't care whether the final plan has a public option or utilizes Co-ops, as long as there is a mechanism to drive competition that will encourage insurance companies to lower their premiums.

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