Sen. Robert Dole's (R-Kan.) health care proposal comes closest to meeting most of the AAP objectives concerning medical liability.

The Dole provision caps noneconomic damages at $250,000 and permits pay ments for awards more than $100,000 to be spread out over a period of time. Lawyer's fees would be limited to 33 percent of the first $150,000 awarded and 25 percent of any amount more than $150,000, after taxes.

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