House Passes Health Reform and Medical Malpractice Bill

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would change the health
reform law
and limit medical malpractice recoveries. Specifically, the bill which passed the house in a 223-181 vote would:

  • Eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory
    Board.
  • Eliminate the findings and purpose of the HEALTH
    Act of 2011.
  • Extend liability coverage to on call and emergency
    room doctors.
  • Apply antitrust laws to the health insurance
    industry.
  • Grant civil liability protection to health
    professionals who volunteer at federally declared disaster areas.
  • Limit the recovery of non-economic damages (such
    as pain and suffering) in medical malpractice cases to $250,000 and limit
    attorney contingency fees to a certain percentage.

This bill is not expected to pass the United States Senate and is unlikely to become law.

Do you think it should? Do you agree with the majority of the House or the expected consensus of the Senate? Please leave a comment and let us know.