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.
The California health exchange has set monthly limits on prices consumers will pay for specialty prescription drugs.
The State of California has dropped an appeal in an ongoing court case regarding the state’s treatment of mentally ill prison inmates.
It can be hard enough to understand everything doctors tell you, even when they speak your language. For limited or non-English speakers, language can be a barrier to good care.
A bill that would limit California power to recover assets from the estates of deceased people will have a hearing at the Capitol this Monday. A similar bill was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown last year.
The California bill that would require all school children to be vaccinated unless they have a medical condition has passed another Senate Committee. The panel of lawmakers considered the bill's constitutionality.