The Florida Medical Association says it is expecting thousands of Florida doctors to close their offices on March 27 and attend a rally at the Capitol in Tallahassee for a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages in malpractice cases.
The legislative session, which opened Tuesday, will consider a list of 60 malpractice reforms recently recommended by a panel appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush. In addition to the cap, the panel also called for concessions to consumers, such as better reporting of medical errors.
The rally builds on the FMA's annual Doctors' Day, in which as many as several hundred doctors discuss their concerns with lawmakers, says FMA spokeswoman Lisette Gonzalez-Mariner. But this time, she adds, record numbers of doctors are expected and the sole focus is malpractice reform.
In a state that the AMA says is in a malpractice insurance crisis, the doctors will "bring awareness of liability reform" to the legislators, she says.