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Executive Summary of Proposed Florida Legislation

Florida House Bill 1233 / Senate Bill 1588, the Patient Compensation System, sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, and Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, replaces the costly, slow, and arbitrary system of medical malpractice civil litigation with an administrative system that is focused on expediency and fairness. As compared to previous reform efforts that have been oriented solely towards the reduction of medical malpractice insurance rates, this proposed administrative system-the "Patient Compensation System"-is multi-dimensional in its focus on the reduction of the cost of defensive medicine and an increase in true patient access to justice. It is these goals that prior efforts have utterly failed, and in which the Patient Compensation System will succeed.

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