WPR News
4:43 pm
Tue June 8, 2004

Healthcare Commission Offers Recommendations for Legislature

Laramie, Wy – The chair of the Healthcare Commission says the state is losing doctors. And he says to stop this the legislature needs to approve a constitutional amendment and give doctors subsidies. All of this is to deal with increasing rates of medical malpractice insurance.
Chairman, Chris Muirhead, says it is critical to pass the constitutional amendment because it would give future legislators the ability to cap the amount of money someone can sue a doctor for.
Legislators will have a chance to pass a constitutional amendment during an upcoming special session of the legislature.
A similar proposal did not have enough support during the regular session this year, but since then a major doctor's insurance company announced it is leaving Wyoming, though not because the state does not caps on lawsuits.