Initiative would raise health care costs, reduce access for Californians
Sacramento, CA – In conjunction with Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Chinese American Physician Society and the Philippine Medical Society of Northern California have signed on in opposition to the so called “Fairness for Injured Patients Act.” The groups join dozens of community clinics, doctors, nurses and others in opposing this dangerous initiative.
“AAPI Heritage Month is a time to reflect and honor the work and sacrifices of our communities,” said Lawrence Cheung, MD, Chinese American physician based in San Francisco. “Despite thousands of reported incidents of harsh bullying targeting our AAPI community, our families and even front line AAPI medical workers over the last year, the Chinese American physician community has remained dedicated to treating our patients and ensuring that the most vulnerable among us have the care they need. This measure would put our patients in danger and jeopardize access for too many. I can’t think of a more powerful moment to stand in opposition to this ill-conceived initiative.”
The measure, funded primarily by a wealthy out-of-state trial attorney, will appear on the November 2022 ballot. The initiative would effectively eliminate California’s medical lawsuit limits by creating a new and broadly defined category of malpractice lawsuits, which would result in financial windfalls for California’s trial attorneys, hurting California’s most vulnerable patients.
“Our organization is dedicated to connecting elderly and indigent Filipino-Americans to important medical care,” said Thad Padua, MD, President of the Philippine Medical Society of Northern California. “This initiative would create even more barriers for our community to get critical care which is why we urge voters to say No next November.”
In 2014, voters overwhelmingly voted No on Proposition 46, which would have made substantial changes in the state’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). This measure goes well beyond what Prop. 46 would have done and the cost to California taxpayers would be far greater, as noted by the independent Legislative Analyst Office (LAO).
“This measure would likely have a wide variety of fiscal effects on state and local governments,” the LAO said, adding that, “Annual government costs likely ranging from the low tens of millions of dollars to the high hundreds of millions of dollars.”
For more information about Californians to Protect Patients and Contain Health Care Costs, please visit protectmicra.org.