About the bill
Health care costs are skyrocketing. Total health care spending went from 7.2 percent of GDP in 1970 to 17.8 percent in 2015. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services projects that it will rise further to 19.9 percent by 2025.
Among the causes of this growth are medical malpractice lawsuits, when patients sue doctors, hospitals, or medical groups. A bill that recently passed a key House committee could significantly curtail this practice. But will it come at too great a cost to patients?
The context and what the bill does
A survey from Archives of Internal Medicine found that 91 percent of physicians believe that the medical community practices “defensive medicine.” Under this practice, health care providers conduct additional procedures and tests with little to no medical ...
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Iowa's 4th congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Jun 29, 2017
Length: 25 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on June 28, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.
What legislators are saying
“King in Des Moines Register: My bill would reduce healthcare costs, address doctor shortage”
— Rep. Steve King [R-IA4] (Sponsor) on Jul 20, 2017
“Goodlatte Praises House Passage of Medical Lawsuit Reform Legislation”
— Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6, 1993-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 28, 2017
What stakeholders are saying
H.R. 1215 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1215. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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