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Medical Malpractice Bill Controversy

Doctors are asking for a bill that would lower their medical malpractice insurance in Hawaii in order to provide incentives for physicians to stay within the state. This would hurt patients seeking damages under medical malpractice claims because the bill would “limit compensation for non-economic damages like pain and suffering.” The bill comes from patients who fear they have a shortage of doctors in their state. In contrast, medical malpractice attorneys claim there has been an increase of doctors within the state in recent years, not decrease.

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