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New law deals setback to malpractice foes

Wall Street Journal, March 29, 2010

Some advocates of a tort overhaul said the new healthcare bill signed by President Obama failed to address their chief concern: that outsize jury verdicts have driven up the cost of malpractice insurance. Such verdicts have also caused doctors to practice "defensive medicine" in which they order unnecessary and pricey tests or procedures, according to tort-overhaul advocates.