Center for America

Partner Spotlight




Philip Howard


Common Good

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Finding Solutions for Health Care in the Courts

May 24, 2007

Philip Howard, Common Good Founder and Chair, joins Kristyn Shayon for this special edition of Partner Spotlight. On May 24, 2007, bipartisan bills were introduced into both houses of Congress to create pilot projects that will improve medical justice - including the creation of special health courts.


The Senate bill was introduced by Senators Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Max Baucus (D-MT). The House bill was introduced by Representatives Jim Cooper (D-TN) and Mac Thornberry (R-TX).


The coalition supporting this effort comes from a broad, bipartisan base of groups including Partnership for Patient Safety, AARP, Progressive Policy Institute, Harvard School of Public Health, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Six major hospital systems have already spoken publicly about their willingness to participate in a pilot project including New York Presbyterian, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Yale, Emory and the University of Miami.


During his interview, Howard remarked "The goal of this system of justice is not simply to have a fairer system of justice, which it would be, but to change the practice of health care."


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