November 2004 AAOS Report

AAOS continues to advocate for medical liability reform

As AAOS Report goes to press, the fall elections are just days away, but work continues on the AAOS medical liability reform campaign. The federal component of the campaign — Doctors for Medical Liability Reform (DMLR) — is focusing on a media campaign informing patients about how high medical liability insurance premiums affect their access to care. The DMLR campaign is successfully keeping the liability reform issue in the public eye in states with important senatorial races. Between print and broadcast activities, the DMLR message has reached some 20 million people. At the grassroots level, success has been achieved in three of the eight states where AAOS grants were provided earlier this year to state orthopaedic societies. Additional grants to three state societies were just approved. Once the November elections are over, the Medical Liability Reform Oversight Committee will meet to evaluate the impact of campaign activities thus far and to plan strategies for the next phase. The support of AAOS members is crucial to the campaign’s success—it’s not too late to make a contribution to the campaign. Your checks, either personal or corporate, should be made payable to: American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and sent to AAOS, Medical Liability Reform Campaign, 6300 N. River Road, Rosemont, Ill. 60018-9627.

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