NCMS Co-Signs Letter Asking US Treasury Secretary to Reject Tax Code Change for Trial Lawyers

The North Carolina Medical Society co-signed a letter sent to US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner this week urging him to reject a rumored shift in tax policy that would allow contingency-fee lawyers to write off litigation expenses.

“Changing the tax policy to allow trial lawyers to deduct court costs and other expenses would cost taxpayers $1.5 billion and increase the cost of health care in our nation,” said J. James Rohack, MD, AMA Immediate Past-President. “This change would encourage trial attorneys to file more lawsuits.”

The NCMS joined 90 state and specialty societies in co-signing the letter, which was delivered to Sec. Geithner on Wednesday.

Click here to read the letter.

Click here to read the AMA press release, including additional comments from Dr. Rohack.


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  • charles h Classen Jr

    We don’t need more reasons to make doctors retire early

  • Charles Willson MD

    Excellent letter. So glad that NCMS has signed on this most important position.
    Chuck Willson MD