The ballot measure would require random drug testing of doctors.
Physicians who fail or refuse would be reported and suspended. Proponents also wants to require that physicians check a database before prescribing a patient a controlled substance. The measure would also increase the current $250,000-cap on malpractice compensation to keep up with inflation.
Jamie Court from Consumer Watchdog says the current ceiling makes attorneys less likely to represent some victims.
“This is all about one simple theme -- taking on the biggest threats to patient safety and creating modest reforms that probably should have been in effect years and years ago," says Court.
Doctors groups say the measure is deceptive – they say the proposition is obviously about lifting the damages cap and that will increase lawsuits and raise health care costs.
Steve Boilard of the Center for California Studies says sometimes, ballot measures lump together a few proposals to increase popularity.
“I do think that it’s part of a pattern that you see a lot of the time, where there are several different pieces to the initiative, and some of which are there just to vote positively on it," says Boilard.
Boilard says there’s nothing illegal about bunching together proposals as long they deal with the same subject matter, but those measures may require a closer look from voters.
“I wouldn’t say that there’s anything nefarious about it, but I do think that when voters don’t pay close attention to what they’re voting on, they can be swayed by that sweetener without recognizing what this initiative is all about," says Boilard.
California lawmakers say public opinion has changed since the last time “right to die” legislation has been proposed in the state. That may explain why a group of Democratic lawmakers has introduced the “End of Life Option Act.”
Covered California: More Health Insurance Carriers Can Sell Individual Policies In Underserved AreasFriday, January 16, 2015
The Covered California board of directors has adopted a new policy that will allow more health insurance carriers to sell in areas of the state where there are few options now.
(AP) -- A newborn baby has died from whooping cough in California. It's the fourth death in a year as the state deals with an epidemic.
California Governor Jerry Brown is setting aside hundreds of millions of dollars in next year’s state budget to pay for high-cost drugs, mostly to treat Hepatitis C.
The California Department of Insurance issued an emergency regulation today [Monday] intended to assure improved healthcare access to Californians.