The im­por­tance of tort re­form to bring down health care costs

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Mario Ni­co­lais’ col­umn was right on. Tort re­form cer­tainly needs to be in fo­cus when con­sid­er­ing how to make health care more af­ford­able. When I talk to doc­tors about health care costs, the usual an­swer is the cost of in­sur­ance to cover le­gal ac­tion threats, which may or may not be for a valid sit­u­a­tion con­cern­ing a pa­tient. The re­sult­ing cost is way out of line. In my own sit­u­a­tion, my wife had a knee re­place­ment 10 years ago and I had a knee re­place­ment eight months ago. Both were per­formed at the same place and went well. The big dif­fer­ence was my surgery cost twice as much. A 100 per­cent in­crease. That seems out of line.

I know tort re­form is a tough task. There are so many pros and cons. What pains me is to see all of the costly TV ad­ver­tise­ments by lawyers say­ing, “We seek jus­tice.” They are re­ally seek­ing money — and jus­tice may or may not hap­pen. We need tort re­form, and it is nice to see lawyer Mario Ni­co­lais bring that into fo­cus. Bob Be­about, Aurora

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