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Legal obstacles to tort reform in Pa.

The medical professional liability crisis, with its spiraling liability insurance costs and exorbitant jury verdicts, has sparked a renewed and vigorous effort to demand legislative action on tort reform. In Pennsylvania there have been and continue to be obstacles to the enactment of tort reform. The law in Pennsylvania presently provides little guidance and wide latitude to juries in determining damage awards.

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Antitrust issues confronting physicians

The cornerstone of any response to the malpractice crisis must either be in the nature of group lobbying activities or individual decisions that may be preceded or followed by limited forms of coordinated activities. Physicians of the same specialty must be cognizant at all times of the need not to reach agreements that limit each other's individual economic actions, but they can take advantage of the opportunity to coordinate a response to individual actions that is consistent with good professional practice.

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