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Medical malpractice bill advances in state legislature

A state bill that would allow residents to have full access to a physician’s history was approved by the state House and sent to the Senate last week. The bill was named after Michael Skolnik who died at age 25 due to medical malpractice when he underwent unnecessary brain surgery after a misdiagnosis of a brain cyst. His neurosurgeon had been previously accused of medical malpractice in lawsuits in multiple states. If passed, the bill would require the state Board of Medical Examiners to collect information on physicians’ history of disciplinary action, malpractice and license probation, their criminal records, limits on their hospital privileges and their ownership and employment affiliation. This information would then be made public.

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