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|Signature Gathering Approved For Medical Initiative|
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|Thursday, 19 September 2013 03:14|
LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Backers of an initiative that would raise the amount of pain and suffering damages in medical negligence lawsuits have received permission from Secretary of State Debra Bowen to begin gathering signatures.
If approved by voters, what backers have dubbed the "Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act,'' would adjust the $250,000 limit for pain and suffering damages in medical negligence lawsuits that has been law since 1975 for inflation.
If the $250,000 limit had been adjusted for inflation since 1975 it would be $1,085,483.27, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics figures.
The measure would also require drug and alcohol testing of doctors, reporting of positive tests to the California Medical Board and require the board to suspend a doctor pending investigation of a positive test and take disciplinary action if the doctor was impaired on duty.
It would also require health care practitioners to consult a state prescription drug history database before prescribing certain control substances.
The initiative authored by technology executive Bob Pack would result in at least the low tens of millions of dollars of higher malpractice costs for state and local governments, potentially ranging to more than $100 million annually, according to an analysis prepared by the Legislative Analyst's Office and Director of Finance Ana J. Matosantos.
The analysis also found the potential state and local government costs associated with changes in the amount and types of health care services potentially range from relatively minor to hundreds of millions of dollars.
Valid signatures from 504,760 registered voters -- 5 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2010 general election -- must be submitted by Feb. 10 to qualify the measure for the November 2014 ballot.
The initiative is named for Pack's son and daughter who were killed when they were struck and killed by a car driven by a drugged driver as they were walking on a sidewalk in Danville with their mother. The crash also killed Pack's unborn twins.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 19 September 2013 03:20|