Medical malpractice reform heads to the House

Posted March 2, 2011
Updated March 3, 2011

Senate Bill 33, the Medical Malpractice Reform bill, is on its way to the state House after winning Senate approval today by a bipartisan 36-13 margin.

Democratic physicians Bill Purcell and Eric Mansfield voted for the measure, along with Dems Clark Jenkins, Ed Jones, Michael Walters and Stan White. (Catawba Republican Austin Allran recused himself from today's vote for conflict-of-interest reasons.) 

The full story on today's debate is here, but since it's such a complex issue, I wanted to offer a little more detail on the pros and cons than the standard story provided. 

Sen. Josh Stein on Med Mal Stein on Medical Malpractice Reform

Sen. Josh Stein, D-Wake, was one of two Dems – Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt was the other – who tried unsuccessfully to make big changes to the bill in committee and on the floor. Stein said he has concerns about S33, from the changes it would make in ER liability to its cap on non-economic damages.


On the other side, Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, is one of S33's main sponsors and probably its most outspoken advocate.

Apodaca on Med Mal Apodaca on Medical Malpractice Reform




For more details, you can watch the Senate floor debate on S33 in its entirety.


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  • depenny Mar 3, 2011

    Our system of free interprize negates even modest attempts to regulate greed and legislate honesty.

  • rwprjr Mar 2, 2011

    So its ok to limit some poor soul to 500g when they get the wrong leg or other body part removed by accident like that fella in St Pete Fl a while back they amputated the wrong leg. 500g does not even cover medical bills let alone a vehicle, or altering your home..then again when its up to Rs they don't care if anyone who is worth less than a billion$ anyway we can just go live under a bridge. Which will work, until the bridge crumbles and collapses because they have sucked the funding up for tax kickbacks to their campaign bribe funders.