The Milbank Quarterly is currently running a piece written by four prominent healthcare experts that extols the possible benefits of health courts for patient safety and recommends that trials be undertaken to determine if the approach is viable. As we previously noted, the idea of health courts has broad bipartisan support as well as the blessing of respected figures in the healthcare industry. Special health courts would function much like existing specialized courts do and would be presided over by full-time judges who would specialize in issues relating to healthcare. The most obvious area that could benefit from this approach is malpractice suits; health courts could offer both neutral experts and industry-wide precedents for such cases.
For more on health courts:
- read this press release