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Connecticut Gov. Supports Higher Cap on Malpractice Claims

Governor Rowland has indicated that he is willing to compromise on his proposals addressing the skyrocketing costs of medical malpractice insurance in the state of Connecticut.

Rowland, who previously backed a $250 thousand cap on jury awards for medical malpractice victims, announced that he will now support a $750 thousand cap instead. He will also back a provision that would allow judges to waive the cap for extreme cases.

Fields such as obstetrics have been adversely affected by the increasing costs of medical malpractice insurance, with doctors leaving certain specialties or moving their practices out of the state in order to avoid high premiums. Legislators are examining potential ways to address this problem, including structural changes in the medical malpractice process, such as creating a board that would screen cases for merit prior to allowing them to proceed to court.

The proposals would also grant discounts to doctors and hospitals that use computer programs that organize patient files, and create other quality-control measures to prevent malpractice.

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