Medical malpractice in Georgia would be handled more like worker’s compensation under legislation introduced Friday in the Senate.
Senate Bill 141 by Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, would create a system in which patients take complaints of doctor or hospital mistakes to a panel of physicians for hearings rather than filing lawsuits in court. If the panel concludes compensation is warranted, it pays out of a fund all providers pay into, like the no-fault system that covers on-the-job injuries.
The change aims to simplify the system and reduce liability-insurance premiums for healthcare providers and eventually hold down health-insurance costs for employers once physicians stop ordering unneeded tests as part of their “defensive medicine.”
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