Report Recommends NO to “No Fault” Medical Malpractice in Vermont

A report made public this week by the Shumlin Administration recommends against the state adopting a “no fault” medical malpractice liability system. The “no fault” system, similar to one adopted in New Zealand, would not effectively limit healthcare costs, according to the study.
According to, “Robin Lunge, director of health care reform for the Shumlin administration, said the report found that the connection between tort reform and increased health care costs is not as strong as some may think.
“The research we found hasn’t found a strong correlation between tort reform and reductions in defensive medicine,” she said.