Florida Bill Would Require Independent Physician Review of Medical Malpractice Cases

A Florida House bill would change how cases involving allegations of death and injury from medical malpractice would be handled.

Under House Bill 739, instead of going through the traditional tort system, medical malpractice cases would go through administrative proceedings. As part of these proceedings, cases would go through an independent review process in which a panel of physician specialists would evaluate each case. 

The new bill is intended to reduce malpractice insurance costs and end the practice of "defensive medicine" in which healthcare providers order medical tests not necessarily needed, according to a Tampa Bay Business Journal report.

The bill was filed by Rep. Jason T. Brodeur (R-Ocala).


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