The proposal to revamp Georgia’s medical malpractice system appears heading for a showdown in the upcoming General Assembly session.
Senate Bill 141 would set up a system something like workers’ comp, with injured patients getting access to an independent medical review panel that would rule on the merits of their claims. (In a previous GHN Commentary, Dr. Henry N. Goodwin Jr., an Augusta urologist, pushed for this revamp.)
A new Commentary, from the president of the Medical Association of Georgia, takes the opposite view.
Dr. William E. Silver writes that the legislation is “nothing more than a new tax – one that would be levied on physicians and hospitals (in the form of a ‘bed tax’) and other health care providers.”
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