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Medical Malpractice Insurance Key Issue in New Jersey

The Legislature is on recess and the protesting doctors have disappeared from the steps of the Statehouse, but the Senate Republican President and a Democratic Assembly majority leader intend to keep the medical malpractice issue as a focal point. New Jersey’s bill on malpractice reform hit a dead end in the middle of state budget problems last week, and the Senate went on recess without considering the bill. Senate leaders claimed that the Democratic Assembly removed the Senate’s limit of $300,000 on liability for pain and suffering damages. The cap has remained the top sticking point between the two versions of the bill, with the Assembly saying that it violates the legal rights of patients, and doctors threatening to close their offices if caps on liability are not introduced. According to Assemblyman Joseph J. Roberts, D-Camden, “Our approach was consistent with our overall goal of providing financial relief for doctors while ensuring the integrity of patients’ legal rights.”

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