TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) – A bill approved Friday by the Florida House Health Care Appropriations subcommittee will make it even harder to sue a doctor for malpractice in the Sunshine State.

The bill, which was approved but retained in committee, increases the burden of proof for plaintiffs to win malpractice cases. It makes hospitals essentially blameless for the errors of their doctors.

It also provides for punishment of doctors who offer expert testimony found to be false or misleading.

Because the bill was retained in the committee, members will have another chance to consider the measure. It was approved Friday by an 11-3 vote.

The last major malpractice reform was in 2004 when Florida voters approved three initiatives. One created a patients’ declaration of rights. The others limited attorneys’ fees and banned doctors with three malpractice judgments.

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Comments (5)
  1. bill scarpetti says:

    It sounds like the 2004 legislation was good. If the malpractice abuses have been curtailed, why make it harder to sue doctors and hospitals.

    Oh, that’s right. The business-prone Republicans are in charge. To hell with the consumer.

  2. bobbyb says:

    Is this the same committee handling the homeowner’s insurance?

  3. RH says:

    Well I guess all those people who voted for the Republicans are going to find out how screwed they are when a Dr. accidentally or negligently kills a love of theirs and there is nothing they can do or get compensated for. So far, all I see is the Republicans looking out for the rich and the wealthy. I can wait to see those dumb people that voted for Republicans get there dues. It will come maybe not now but in the future they will see it when they have limited medicare or assistance as they age, when the have no services for the elderly, etc. Unfortunately by then, it’ll all be too late unless they are part of the extremely wealthy and privileged. Folks, this is what you get for voting for Republicans. They don’t care about you although they pretend to….the truth is they only care about the wealthy and their political agenda.

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