West Virginia M.D.s

…won the enactment of far-reaching liability reform in their state last year. How they did it (“The story of tort reform in West Virginia”, David A. Kappel, M.D., Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, May (PDF)). See also “Malpractice Liability in West Virginia” (survey), U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, Nov. 19, 2002 (PDF); American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “Ob-Gyns Praise West Virginia’s New Law On Medical Liability Reform” (press release), Mar. 19, 2003. For the other side’s views, see Public Citizen, Jul. 9, 2003, and Stephanie Mencimer, “Malpractice Makes Perfect”, Washington Monthly, Oct. 2003 (& see Howard Kurtz, “Fox’s Middle Man”, Washington Post, Apr. 5 on publishing history of last-named piece, which was nominated for a National Magazine Award although the New Republic had “rejected it as flawed after a couple of rounds of rewriting”).

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