Hospitals hope to delay state amendment giving patients right to know

In a case now before a state Supreme Court, hospital lawyers are trying to limit the amount of information that patients can receive regarding previous mistakes made by a hospital and its doctors. In 2004, state voters passed an amendment to the state constitution that would give patients the right to know about previous medical malpractice events. The current dispute is over whether that Patient’s Right to Know amendment applies to events that occurred before the amendment was passed. However, if the amendment can not provide access to information prior to 2004, it will be years if not decades before the amendment can provide any meaningful way to let patients check on the past performance of health care providers.

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