The key to winning bipartisan support for Senate File 465 was an amendment that removed a hard cap on non-economic damage awards "in the most egregious cases," said the floor manager Rep.
Originally, the bill would have capped non-economic damages -- damages awarded for pain, suffering, physical impairment, inconvenience and mental anguish among others -- at
The amendment, adopted 97-0, made the bill more palatable to
"I do not necessarily believe, based on the statistics and information I've received, that the passage of this bill will in fact lead to lower medical malpractice premiums ... (and) make
The number of medical liability suits filed has been on a steady decline for at least a decade, she said. That's "partly because of the common sense of Iowans ... we don't have juries that are going to give jackpot awards."
In the end, 12
In addition to capping non-economic damages except in the most extreme cases, SF 465 would create a certificate of merit, requiring plaintiffs' lawyers to submit proof of medical malpractice at the beginning of the case.
The legislation pitted the interests of health care professionals and attorneys representing plaintiffs and medical malpractice insurance companies, Hinson said.
"So I'm going to say right upfront I am not a lawyer and I am not doctor. I'm one of those patients," Hinson said in introducing the bill. "I'm somebody who wants to make the system work better for everyone."
Caps have been shown to lower premiums for medical malpractice insurance and could lower health care costs, she said. States with similar reforms and caps have seen increases in number of practicing physicians.
"Want to create a really great environment that works for doctors and for patients and for attorneys who are working for those patients who might have an extreme and egregious adverse health outcome," Hinson said.
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