Monday, February 18, 2008

Will Binding Arbitration Replace Med-Mal Lawsuits?

Found via Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report:
"The use of binding arbitration, rather than the court system, to resolve medical malpractice claims has become more common, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. According to the Inquirer, supporters maintain that binding arbitration is "faster, cheaper and fairer than trials," but opponents "say the secretive system can be weighted against consumers" and it can be "harder to track complaints or build legal precedents" through arbitration.... Physicians on the West Coast have begun to ask patients to sign binding arbitration agreements, and the trend has begun to spread nationwide..."
See original article: Arbitration a growing trend in health care.

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