WPR News
8:49 pm
Tue December 13, 2005

Malpractice Plan Fails

Cheyenne, Wy – A plan to try and help hospitals get more doctors was opposed by most interest groups and defeated by a legislative committee. Gillette Representative Tom Lubnau says he was trying to set up a situation where doctors affiliated with Hospitals could get benefits such as damage caps on their medical malpractice insurance. Lubnau checked and found that the bill was constitutional. He wanted to entice some private providers to work with hospitals see some of their patients.But the bill met lots of opposition. Trial lawyers dislike the idea of expanding governmental immunity and medical representatives did not like a provision in the bill that required the doctors to treat patients of all income levels. Without Judiciary committee support Lubnau decided he will drop the idea saying that he finally found something that the Trial Lawyers, Hospital Association and Medical Society can agree on.