A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including several legislative leaders, is urging Gov. Robert Ehrlich to call a special session of the Maryland General Assembly to find solutions to the medical malpractice crisis "as soon as practical."
And they have some suggestions about what those solutions might be.
The group, which includes Del. John Donoghue, D-Washington, and Sen. John Hafer, R-Washington/Allegany, issued a news release Tuesday asking for immediate creation of a state-funded pool to subsidize malpractice insurance premiums charged to Maryland physicians.
Group members also want long-term reforms, including reforming attorneys' fees "so victims could receive a greater share of awards or settlements." Additionally, they want increased backing for the Maryland Patient Safety Center, a collaboration between the Maryland Hospital Association and the Delmarva Foundation that focuses on educating health-care providers to prevent errors.