A look at the claim that raising the MICRA cap would add $10 BILLION a year to California health care costs
Friday, November 1, 2013
The claim by opponents of modifying the cap on compensation to victims of medical harm is riddled with flaws. Here are the details.CONTINUE READING
Are doctors really fleeing New York because of malpractice costs?
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Despite an assertion that New York doctors are “consistently leaving the state,” the number of doctors there is at a record high — and is 30% more than California on a per-capita basis.CONTINUE READING
How the MICRA cap violates Californians’ rights to equal protection, jury trial and due process
Monday, August 26, 2013
Under today’s conditions, the draconian, arbitrary, and outdated $250,000 cap on a medical malpractice plaintiff’s non-economic damages violates the constitutional rights to equal protection, trial by jury, and due process of law.CONTINUE READING
Prominent medical ethicist calls for drug testing of doctors
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Dr. Arthur Caplan of the Division of Medical Ethics at the New York University Langone Medical Center says doctors should be subject to mandatory drug and alcohol testing after an adverse patient event in a hospital, and he also supports random drug testing of doctors in certain situations.CONTINUE READING
Biggest California verdicts continue to go to corporate plaintiffs
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
According to the Los Angeles Daily Journal, seven of the eight largest verdicts handed down in California in 2012 were awarded to corporate or government plaintiffs.CONTINUE READING
Latest California hospital “never events” include four deaths and an operating room fire
Friday, December 21, 2012
The announcement of yet another round of fines against California hospitals for incidents that should never happen in a hospital emphasizes the need for state lawmakers to adopt tougher restrictions holding the health care industry more fully accountable for negligent acts.CONTINUE READING
Product safety. Medical negligence. Environmental oversight. Corporate wrongdoing. The civil justice system has had a dramatic effect on our day-to-day lives, allowing ordinary people a platform to tap constitutional rights enshrined by America's founders and battle back to hold powerful corporations accountable.
Spawned by a phony crisis manufactured by the insurance industry, MICRA has survived for nearly 38 years frozen to inflation.
Bob Pack learned that an antiquated state law put a limit on the value of his children’s life at $250,000. He won’t stop until MICRA is fixed.
What are the leading causes of medical errors, and what will health care reform do to reduce their number?
A recent legislative hearing put the spotlight on the Medical Board of California’s lack of punishment of misbehaving doctors. The same Medical Board we were assured would mete out discipline in return for a cap that was placed on compensation to Californians harmed by medical negligence.