Defensive medicine and medical liability concerns create a symbiotic relationship that costs everyone in the medical system. Has healthcare reform legislation addressed the medical malpractice issue, and will it do enough to contain healthcare costs? Dr. Mark McClellan, director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution, former commissioner of the FDA and administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, discusses the impact of defensive medicine on the healthcare system. Dr. McClellan also suggests that health information technology will play a significant role in bending the healthcare cost curve by ensuring safety, as well as increasing coordination of care and effective communication. Among states have taken up tort reform, how successful have these reforms been at reducing liability pressure and overall healthcare costs? Hosted by Dr. Jack Lewin.