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The American Hospital Association is advancing a bizarre version of malpractice “reform”. It advocates substituting a local panel of experts appointed by state authorities for juries. So the state medical association would appoint doctors in each community to sit in judgment of doctors in their communities. That would be an effective way to curb malpractice suits! Suppose we gave the same opportunity to contractors, business executives, and drug companies? Industry insiders could be counted upon to reduce the cost of litigation to their comrades by shifting the burden of malfeasance to the victim. Heaven help us if we replace our venerable jury system with the good ole boy network.

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