Stories like these continue to perpetuate myths about malpractice. Whenever I interview people for CJR’s periodic town halls, they tell me tort reform is the number one solution to the problem of high medical costs. It’s hard to do the research on the cost of defensive medicine, says Robert Berenson, a health policy expert at the Urban Institute. “The Congressional Budget Office estimates that it’s about one percent of health care spending. It’s not trivial, but the notion that it’s a major cost driver is just not right.”
10:46 AM - March 7, 2011
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Russia’s newest export: abusing the press
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“I also hope this blog can be a small step towards regaining the trust of my readers”
Louis CK is nonplussed at how ladies do it
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.