After decades, the Feres Doctrine, which essentially bars lawsuits for injuries “incident to military service,” has gained public attention and is being challenged at the U.S. Supreme Court. This growing opposition stems from a 2003 case where a young noncommissioned officer passed away after a nurse inserted a tube in the wrong part of his throat. If the Feres Doctrine is overturned, military medical personnel would potentially be subject to malpractice suits. The estimated cost to the government for a changed ruling would be an average of $135 million every year; and if retroactive, approximately $2.7 billion over the next ten years.
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