Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

July 18, 2004

Medical liability laws should be reformed

The selection of Sen. John Edwards as the Democrat vice presidential candidate highlights an issue that needs to be addressed here in Maryland.

Edwards is a multimillionaire trial lawyer. Before entering politics, he sued people for a living. Some argue that trial lawyers represent the little guy against the powerful. But how does it help the little guy to drive medical doctors out of business. Where will we take our children when they are sick? Who will care for the elderly in our families? Who will deliver the next generation of Carroll Countians into the world?

As monetary settlements in lawsuits brought by trial lawyers against doctors have skyrocketed, so too have the premiums those doctors must pay to get malpractice insurance. Insurance premiums are one of the major contributing factors to the ever-increasing costs of health care.

Governor Ehrlich has called for a special session of the Maryland General Assembly to reform Maryland's liability laws. The governor is right. Reforming medical malpractice procedures is an urgent issue. Anyone who truly cares about providing quality health care at affordable prices to all Marylanders should support the governor's effort to bring common sense to civil law in Maryland.

James Reter

Westminster

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