The Wisconsin Medical Society has threatened a lawsuit if the state moves to use some $200 million from a state-administered medical malpractice fund to bolster Wisconsins Medicaid budget, said Mark Grapentine, the societys senior vice president for government relations.
Grapentine said Wisconsins latest budget compromise, unveiled Friday by the states governor and legislative leaders, would draw $71.5 million from the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund in 2007 and another $128.5 million the following year. Wisconsins budget is nearly four months overdue.
Most Wisconsin doctors, hospitals and certain nurses are required to pay into the fund, which supplements private malpractice insurance. Grapentine said the proposal would wipe out one-quarter of the funds assets. -- by Melanie Evans
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