Thinking outside the box on malpractice reform

Now is the time for physicians to regain the control of the health care system, loosen the chains of the malpractice system and regain the trust of the public– the well-earned trust.

There is a law being proposed in New Jersey that could spread nationwide once passed. Essentially we are asking for the State to provide medical malpractice protection in the PRIVATE practices of physicians who DONATE a significant amount of free care to the poor, uninsured and undocumented in or through non-government free clinics. This will apply to any physician who donates an average of four hours a week– including surgeons and OB-GYNs. It will be a win-win-win for the patients, physicians and taxpayers, as we all know the Medicaid system is wildly expensive and provides poor compensation to the physicians and poor access to the patients.

I call this “stealth med-mal reform.” We are anticipating that it will be discussed in the NJ Senate Health Committee on June 13th– if all goes well.

The following website is a collection of short speeches by:
Nora Craig, a citizen activist who champions community involvement.
Ralph Weber, a Canadian ex-patriot health care expert, moderator.
Alieta Eck, MD, co-founder of the Zarephath Health Center, who explains the NJ S-2231 legislation.
Murray Sabrin, finance professor who explains why government health care costs too much.
Jeff Liegner, MD, opthalmologist, founder of the free clinic in Newton, NJ.
Donna Rovito, citizen activist in Pennsylvania, talking about medical malpractice.
If you have some time during the holiday weekend, you might want to listen in. This was the AAPS conference we held a year ago in Somerset, NJ, sponsored by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). We will post any developments on the website.
Alieta Eck, MD
Co-founder, Zarephath Health Center
Immediate Past-President, AAPS
Physician in private practice, Internal Medicine, Piscataway, NJ

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