Studies of the effects of [defensive] medicine put its price tag at a minimum of $100 billion a year and probably more than $200 billion . . .
Because doctors pay more for malpractice insurance, patients pay more too: nearly $2,000 a year in extra health expenses for an average family . . .
Tort reform works. Texas is a good example. In 2003, the state enacted caps on noneconomic damages (so-called pain and suffering) and added a requirement that lawsuits be approved by a panel of medical experts. Over the next four years, premiums fell 21 percent, the drift of doctors out of the state was halted, and 7,000 new doctors set up practices . . .
Hmmmm. Makes a fellow think.