Obama tells doctors he does not support caps on malpractice lawsuit amounts

Obama does not support malpractice cap

CHICAGO — President Barack Obama is telling the nation’s largest physicians’ organization that limits on malpractice lawsuits would be unfair to patients.

Obama told the American Medical Association on Monday that he understands doctors feel like they are often looking over their shoulders out of fear of being taken to court. He says doctors sometimes order more tests to protect themselves from lawsuits.

But the president says caps on malpractice awards would be unfair to patients who have been hurt. He says the system needs to change from “defensive medicine” to offering better care.

Doctors have sought limits to malpractice suits.

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