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Connecticut governor steps out of line from fellow Republicans

Gov. M. Jodi Rell outlined a Connecticut medical malpractice reform proposal that is out of line from fellow Republicans.

Rell's medical malpractice reform proposal would not cap jury awards for pain and suffering, instead requiring any malpractice award above $200,000 be paid over time to help keep insurance premiums down for doctors. In addition, the proposal would require hospitals to develop safety procedures to reduce errors and keep more detailed files on physicians.

Rell's proposal would allow the state insurance commissioner to consider caps three years from now if a 15 percent reduction in premiums has not resulted, but Rell said in a statement that, “Unfortunately, people suffer real injuries from medical mistakes, and I believe they should be compensated. Rell added, “I also believe doctors and hospitals should do everything in their power to prevent those accidents from happening in the first place, and my proposals include measures to further that goal.”

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