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Florida Medical Malpractice Reform Envisions $40 Billion Savings - Sunshine State News

"It is estimated that one in three dollars spent on health care in Florida currently pays for unnecessary tests and treatments that physicians order for fear of being sued."

Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, Florida

January 8, 2012, by Kenric Ward

Legislation has been introduced to create a "Patient's Compensation System" to handle medical malpractice claims in Florida.

Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, and Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, are sponsoring Senate Bill 1588 and House Bill 1233 to replace current malpractice litigation with a process that supporters estimate will eliminate up to $40 billion per year of "medically unnecessary medical costs."

"The current medical liability system isn't working for patients or physicians. It is adversarial, expensive and inefficient," Patronis said. "Legislative action in 2012 is essential to protect Florida's patients and reduce unnecessary health-care costs."

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