Carbondale, Ill., which this spring lost its only two neurosurgeons because of soaring medical malpractice costs, could take matters into its own hands tonight with an ordinance limiting malpractice lawsuits. Carbondale Mayor Brad Cole on Monday said he would again ask the city council to pass an ordinance capping noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases at three times economic damages. The proposal also would force disputes that arise in Jackson County to be settled by courts there. Cole brought the ordinance up for vote June 15, but the vote was tied 3 to 3. Illinois has a state law known as "home rule," which delegates to municipalities powers not expressly used by the state. Marion, Ill., passed a nearly identical ordinance June 28. -- by Modern Physician/MP Stat
Carbondale, Ill., may tackle malpractice issue
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