LANSING, MI --(December 15, 2012) Two bills that reform Michigan's medical malpractice laws passed the House on Thursday, but the most controversial proposals never made it to a vote.
A package of three medical malpractice bills now heads to the Senate floor after being voted out of the Senate Insurance committee Tuesday.
11/27/12 - Three bills pertaining to medical malpractice, including one sponsored by State Senator Joe Hune, were approved by the Senate Insurance Committee yesterday and now go to the senate floor. Hune chairs the Insurance Committee and he says the primary purpose of the legislative package is to prevent abuse of medical malpractice laws by patients seeking damages. Opponents of the bills say they would reduce a patient's right to sue for reimbursement for injuries caused by mistakes made by doctors or hospitals. Some also claimed it would specifically interfere with litigation against a Massachusetts pharmacy that distributed steroid injections tainted with fungal meningitis. The committee allowed additional testimony from the public at yesterday's meeting to hear from lawyers and citizens who opposed the bills. A handful of people spoke, most of them opposed the bills and others expressing concern and urging caution. Hune says the fungal meningitis cases will not be affected by the bills at all and said attorneys' claims to the contrary were nothing but theatrics. He tells WHMI any other problems, such as a complaint by one woman that the bills would prevent patients from seeking compensation for non-work-related losses, will be fixed before the bill passes the senate. Only one committee member, Democrat Steven Bieda, voted against the bills' passing. Hune says the legislative package will probably go before the senate on Thursday. (TD)
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) - Marie Woolen said she sunk into a depression after finding out the doctor she sent her son to diagnosed him with a condition he didn't have.
Published: Monday, June 11, 2012, 10:00 AM
LANSING, MI - State Sen. Roger Kahn is facing allegations that he harangued a constituent who traveled to the Capitol to testify against medical malpractice legislation he supports.
Voice: State Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes
I'm writing to respond to Dr. John Bizon's recent Viewpoint article in support of the pending bill in the Michigan Legislature titled the "Patients First Reform Package."