Oregon governor John Kitzhaber, in cooperation with representatives of
the Oregon Medical Association and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association,
has presented a proposal to improve patient safety, reduce medical-related
lawsuits, and reduce the state’s health care costs. To accomplish
these goals earlier disclosure of injuries would be required, followed
by an apology, when applicable, and a compensation offer within 90 days.
If agreement cannot be reached, mediation would follow, and if mediation
is unsuccessful, the parties could then move to a lawsuit.
The proposal goes to the newly formed Patient Safety and Defensive Medicine
Workgroup, which is comprised of a medical doctor, a trial lawyer, and
lawmakers. The workgroup will hold public meetings and revise the proposal.
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