Patients’ Rights

President Bush said: “To make our economy stronger and more productive, we must make health care more affordable. […] Medical liability reform…will reduce health care costs, and make sure patients have the doctors and care they need.”

FACT: Malpractice costs account for less than 2 percent of healthcare spending.

FACT: The GAO found that many reported reductions in supply by health care providers due to lawsuits could not be substantiated or “did not widely affect access to health care.” [CBO, 1/8/04]