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  • MANDATORY ARBITRATION
  • CIVIL DAMAGES
  • MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
Winning Issue » MEDICAL MALPRACTICE


Statistics show at least 150,000 Americans die from medical malpractice each year, much of it attributed to hospital and physician errors. This is more than double the combined number of Americans killed each year by breast cancer and automobile accidents. Between 2009 and 2018, an average of 12,414 cases of medical malpractice lawsuits were brought against American doctors. However, negligent doctors are rarely reprimanded for their mistakes. Health advocates say most states do not require public disclosure of negligent doctors and the American Medical Association only disciplines doctors in cases of extreme negligence. They claim this is one reason medical malpractice insurance is so expensive. Industry supporters claim frivolous lawsuits and astronomical awards by juries are causing healthcare costs and malpractice insurance rates to skyrocket. At least half of all medical malpractice lawsuit awards exceed $1 million. They warn that our access to good healthcare and competent physicians could be endangered if malpractice insurance costs are not controlled. These costs account for about 2% of all healthcare costs.

Proposed Legislation: To establish a national public registry of physicians who have been found culpable of extreme negligence.
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current medical malpractice policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support introducing legislation requiring the American Medical Association and the medical malpractice insurance industry to provide the data necessary to establish a national public registry of physicians who have been found culpable of extreme negligence, or whose actions have resulted in medical malpractice settlements in excess of one million dollars, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support introducing legislation requiring the American Medical Association and the medical malpractice insurance industry to provide the data necessary to establish a national public registry of physicians who have been found culpable of extreme negligence, or whose actions have resulted in medical malpractice settlements in excess of one million dollars, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting her to favorably consider introducing legislation to require the American Medical Association and the medical malpractice insurance industry to provide the data necessary to establish a national public registry of physicians who have been found culpable of extreme negligence, or whose actions have resulted in medical malpractice settlements in excess of one million dollars.

If elected as a trustee, National Patient Advocate Foundation will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to work and advocate for establishing a national public registry of physicians who have been found culpable of extreme negligence, or whose actions have resulted in medical malpractice settlements in excess of one million dollars.

Mission: National Patient Advocate Foundation brings patient voices to health system delivery reform. We develop and drive initiatives promoting equitable access to affordable quality health care through policy action and public and private partnerships. Our primary objective is to prioritize the patient voice in health system delivery reform to achieve person-centered care. Our staff and volunteers work at the local, regional, and national level to promote access to affordable, quality health care for people with chronic, debilitating or life-threatening illnesses. We are thought leaders in developing policies that protect patients and caregivers from lack of transparency, medical debt and lack of access to care at key points during their illness.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
September 19, 2022
Trustee Election - Closing Date
September 26, 2022