Saturday, April 9, 2011
Med Mal in New York is approved
I have posted a number of links to stories on the proposed med mal tort reform proposal in New York recently. See here, here, here, and here. Now here is the latest: the state legislature has approved the state budget which, according to some, ensures that unsafe hospitals will no longer fully pay for their own negligence if something should go wrong during childbirth. Under the new system, victims of medical malpractice will be forced to go to a State Fund to pay for the child’s care. The money for this Fund will come from a hospital surcharge based on its obstetric revenue. This means, essentially, that obstetric patients will be charged a tax to subsidize the negligence of the medical providers - meaning that patients will be paying for the negligence of the doctors. Critics also claim that the fund is "grossly underfunded" For a critical look at the new system go to the blog of the Center for Justice and Democracy here.