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U.S. to begin handing out grants to reduce medical malpractice suits

Wall Street Journal, June 14, 2010

The government began handing out $25 million in grants aimed at reducing medical malpractice lawsuits, part of a compromise offered by President Barack Obama last year in response to calls for an overhaul of the malpractice system. In his joint address to Congress last September, Obama asked the Department of Health and Human Services to take action, separate from the broader legislation, to reduce malpractice costs. The result is a slate of demonstration programs aimed at reducing preventable injuries, improving communication betweens doctors and patients, ensuring patients are compensated more quickly, and reducing liability insurance premiums, the Wall Street Journal reports.