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Rand: MICRA cut Calif. med-mal outlays

"California's medical malpractice law, cited as a model by President Bush, has reduced awards in malpractice trials by an average 30 percent, according to a study released Monday. But because the landmark law capped attorney fees as well as jury awards, the net recovery by injured patients and their families fell only 15 percent, the study said. Payments to plaintiffs' lawyers dropped 60 percent." (AP/Fox News, Jul. 12)(Nicholas M. Pace, Daniela Golinelli and Laura Zakaras, "Capping Non-Economic Awards in Medical Malpractice Trials" (PDF), Rand Corporation (overview) (press release) (summary in PDF format).

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