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Health courts take away constitutional right to jury trial

Another article on the much debated Health Courts model, a proposed alternative to reduce medical malpractice insurance costs. Among the concerns centering around the Health Courts model are the elimination of a victim’s right to trial by jury. Instead, the Health Court would arbitrarily distribute monetary amounts to victims of medical malpractice for their pain and suffering, a task left to the jury in a medical malpractice case litigated by the court system.

Furthermore, many chosen to sit on Health Courts would not be the unbiased citizens traditionally composing a jury, but rather politically appointed and medically-trained judges who share a professional background with the defendant doctors in most cases.

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