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Comment and Controversy

1% filing fee would fix liability crisis

June 2005 · Vol. 17, No. 6

No frivolous lawsuits. No outrageous awards. No tort reform necessary.

Too good to be true? Maybe not.

I propose a federal filing fee of 1% of the award being sought, to be paid by the lawyers bringing the suit. Doctors, hospitals, the medical delivery system in general, insurance companies, and the US government would benefit.

If Congress had fewer lawyers, it might be possible.

John C. Chisolm, MD
Southaven, Miss

Dr. Barbieri responds:

Dr. Chisolm’s plan is creative, but I think it unlikely any legislative body will pass it.

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