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BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents was broadcast on Thursday, 27 November at 1100 GMT.
The programme was repeated on Monday, 1 December at 2030 GMT.
Geoff Adams-Spink examines the price the US is paying for its love affair with the law courts.
The US litigation habit is now so widespread that in some states health provision is being put at risk.
Doctors in the most risky specialities struggle to pay the insurance premiums, and an increasing number are being forced to cease practising.
The problem is made worse by lawyers constantly seeking out new wrongs to put right through lawsuits.
President Bush has targeted this as a key area of reform but has struggled to get legislation through Congress.
Producer: Jonathan Chapman
Presenter: Geoff Adams-Spink
Editors: Hugh Levinson and Sue Ellis