For Special Health Courts (Probably DON’T PUBLISH), it’s a response to another piece.
To the Editor:
Re “To Curb Malpractice Costs, Judges Jump In Early” (front page, June 13):
The potential for saving $1 billion nationwide with more active judicial intervention in medical malpractice cases is certainly an improvement over the current litigation free-for-all. But doctors waste at least $50 billion each year in unnecessary defensive medicine. Avoiding this waste requires more than better judicial management; it requires a reliable decision maker who can be trusted to sort good care from bad.
That’s why a broad coalition of providers and patient advocates is calling for special health courts, with expert judges who make written rulings on standards of care.
PHILIP K. HOWARD
Chairman, Common Good
New York, June 13, 2011
A version of this letter appears in print on June 20, 2011, on Page A26 of the New York edition with the headline: For Special Health Courts.
Originally published at www.nytimes.com on June 20, 2011.