July 14, 2017

A Dose of Reality for Specialized Courts: Lessons from the VICP

The latest in a long line of reform proposals, health courts have been called “the
best option for fixing our broken system of medical justice.” And, if health courts’
supporters are to be believed, these specialized courts are poised to revolutionize
medical malpractice litigation: They would offer faster compensation to far more
people, while restoring faith in the reliability of legal decisionmaking. But these
benefits are, as some leading supporters have acknowledged, “hoped for, but
untested.” The question remains: Will health courts actually operate as effectively as
proponents now predict?

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