The importance of tort reform to bring down health care costs
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