A story published Monday on ModernPhysician.com and MP Stat incorrectly identified a group backed by the Florida trial bar. The group, Floridians for Patient Protection, which is supported by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, has three petition initiatives before the Florida Supreme Court.
One would require a physician to charge the same fee for the same healthcare service, procedure or treatment and would require charging the lowest fee a physician has agreed to accept. It would not limit a physician's ability to provide free services, however. Also, patients may review the physician's fee and the similar information before, during or after the healthcare is provided.
Another proposed amendment would give patients the right to review, upon request, records of healthcare facilities' or providers' adverse medical incidents, including those that could cause injury or death, and provides that the patients' identities should not be disclosed.
The third, a so-called the "three strikes" amendment, would prohibit physicians from obtaining a Florida medical license if they have been found to have committed three or more incidents of medical malpractice.
We regret the error.