California malpractice cap generates big spending

Oct 22, 2014 3:42 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California voters are deciding on an initiative to increase the state's medical malpractice cap - a campaign that has prompted a fight between doctors and attorneys.

It's also raised more than $102 million in one of the state's most expensive ballot initiatives.

Trial lawyers and patient advocates say the malpractice law is long past due for an update because it hinders the rights of injured patients.

Doctors, hospitals and medical liability insurers say raising the cap would drive up medical costs, force doctors out of state and reduce access to medical care.

The campaign underscores the effect that reforms passed in California have on the rest of the nation. The 1975 malpractice law was the first in the nation and paved the way for roughly 30 states to adopt caps.

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