Monday, April 14, 2014

Exempt Medical Apologies?

Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin signed a bill on April 8th that allows doctors and other healthcare providers to apologize to patients without worrying if the statements could be used against them in court.

The new law makes apologies, condolences or expressions of sympathy inadmissible in civil proceedings and in administrative hearings concerning the healthcare provider's actions.

"The new law makes apologies, condolences or expressions of sympathy inadmissible in civil proceedings and in administrative hearings concerning the healthcare provider's actions."
- Channel 3000 News
Supporters say the law will encourage open communication between doctors and patients. Opponents, including trial attorneys, say this will make it harder for patients to bring successful malpractice lawsuits. What do you think?
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Sources:
(a) Governor signs web privacy, DNA collection, medical apology bills - www.Channel3000.com, 04/08/2014

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