Florida passes three medical malpractice amendments
For years, doctors and lawyers have been battling over medical malpractice insurance rates and how to lower them. Florida lawyers won the voters' support on both of their measures, Amendments 7 and 8. These amendments will allow Florida patients to access more information about doctors' mistakes and take away medical licenses of doctors who make several medical errors. Health care providers are required to report some of the information of adverse medical incidents to the state, but most of it is not public. Amendment 7 will make doctors, hospitals and other health care providers open up records of adverse medical events to patients seeking information about quality of care. A spokesman for the Floridians for Patient Protection, Mark Riordan said, “the victims of medical malpractice are tired of fighting the medical industrial complex to get the information necessary to make good choices.” Amendment 8 will require doctors who have three cases of medical malpractice on their records to lose their state license.
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