Medical Malpractice bill gets final approval from House

Posted by Dave Berry

March 05, 2014 / by

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With hundreds of medical doctors in the Capitol, the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri Senate worked on measures changing how lawsuits against medical professionals are handled. Missouri lawmakers approved language that would change malpractice lawsuits from common law claims to statutory cause-of-action claims.

Legislation in the House and Senate aimed at tort reform sparked lengthy debate in both chambers with both sides of the debate claiming the economic and moral high ground. Supporters of the bills say that frivolous lawsuits and huge damage awards have driven up premium costs, created a culture of “defensive medicine” and inflated the cost of healthcare.

Source: The Missouri Times

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