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.
Covered California is reassuring consumers they will have health insurance through 2016 if they enroll in United Healthcare plan. United warned yesterday it may pull out of Obamacare because it’s losing money.
Governor Jerry Brown’s administration says it will continue to work on a plan to overhaul the way health insurers are taxed in California.
An increasing number of Californians are going to the doctor simply by sitting in front of their computers.
Health care workers are more likely to experience dangerous workplace situations than people in other industries. But new rules in California are designed to address the problem.
One of the highest paid California state employees’ unions has tentatively agreed to contribute a portion of members' salaries to retiree health benefits.