President Obama Considers Health Courts
President Obama is weighing the suggestions of the insurance industry to mandate that all claims against health care providers go before a "health court". Though no one seems to know with any certainty what a "health court" would look like, most believe that it would be modeled after the workers compensation system. The health courts would apply universal standards of care to each case, which proponents of the system argue will result in a consistent results. Those in favor of the system also contend that it will weed out frivilous lawsuits better than the current system. Those opposing the health courts point out that there are very few frivilous lawsuits against health care providers, that developing universal standards of care would be impractical, and that the jury system is the fairest forum for justice for patients and health care providers. There are fewer claims being filed against health care providers in most jurisdictions, and the jury verdicts have remained nearly the same over the years, which has lead some to question the need for health courts and the abdiction of the right to trial by jury.