Medical Malpractice Bill Dies, Doctors Demanded Inclusion of Caps.
A medical malpractice reform bill died Wednesday in the House of Representatives, following two days of lobbying by doctors who demanded caps on jury awards, which the bill did not include. The bill, which would have limited insurance rate increases for specialists in high-risk areas of medicine, did not address the amount of money Connecticut medical malpractice victims could receive for non-economic damages. Doctors are calling for a $250,000 cap on the amount that a jury could award a malpractice victim for damages such as pain and suffering.
Under the proposed Senate bill, insurance companies could not raise rates for obstetricians, gynecologists and neurosurgeons by more than 10 percent until 2004. Doctors felt that provided insufficient protection, however, since the state could potentially approve increases exceeding the 10% cap.
Some lawmakers are discussing a special session to resolve the issue.
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