Wisconsin Senate Passes Bill Making Medical Apologies Inadmissible

A Wisconsin bill making physician apologies, condolences and expressions of sympathy toward patients regarding the healthcare provider's actions inadmissible in civil proceedings and administrative hearings has been passed by the state Senate.

Supporters of the bill argue it encourages open communication between physicians and patients. Opponents, including trial attorneys, argue the change would make it harder for patients to bring successful malpractice lawsuits, according to an Anchorage Daily News report.

The Senate passed the bill with a 19-14 vote, and the bill will now move forward to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) for signature.  

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