Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Doctors off the hook for Medical Errors in Wisconsin? Will Scott Walker let it happen?

Why is it so many Republican politicians were once the most ruthlessly stupid doctors once? 

Joining the moronic ranks of doctor politicians everywhere is state Assembly by Rep. Erik Severson, R-Star Prairie. He and lead sponsor of the legislation Republican Sen. Leah Vukmir, a nurse practitioner and national ALEC treasurer, managed to send to Gov. Walker a billthat:
“…bars statements expressing apology or condolence made by doctors or other health care providers from being admissible in lawsuits.”
Oh if it were only that simple. Instead, if you just pick out the relevant language and intent of this law in bold type here:
The bill reads: “a statement or conduct of a health care provider that expresses apology, benevolence, compassion, condolence, fault, liability, remorse, responsibility, or sympathy to a patient or patient’s relative or representative” would not be “admissible into evidence or subject to discovery in any civil action or administrative hearing regarding the health care provider as evidence of liability or as an admission.
The bill just took medical mistakes, errors and negligence off the table for the victims of malpractice. Incredible but true.
“Anybody in the medical field would be out from under an admission of guilt,” Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, said. “It would make the vulnerable more vulnerable.”

Democrats as well as Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, that the legislation went too far and could shield negligent health care providers.
Taking this down-the-rabbit-hole thinking to the next lowest level, Vukmir added this nonsensical thought to mix:
Vukmir said limiting the legislation to mirror “sympathy-only bills” in other states could force providers to censor themselves when speaking with grieving families.
And the problem with that is…?

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