Act Now To Protect Your Health Care

Patient Care Will Suffer. Health care costs will Increase. Trusted patient-physician relationships will be Broken.

Don’t let the plaintiff’s lawyers reignite the medical malpractice crisis. The Civil Procedural Rules Committee needs to hear from you before February 22!

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A Crisis Looms

In 2002, Pennsylvania was in the middle of a medical liability crisis. High-risk medical specialists were forced out of the Commonwealth to practice medicine in other states. Family practices were squeezed out of existence, and maternity wards closed. The availability of healthcare for every Pennsylvanian was under assault. One of the reasons for this: plaintiffs’ attorneys seeking jackpot payouts in Philadelphia’s notoriously high verdict court system.

The Threat is Real

On Dec. 22, 2018, the Civil Procedural Rules Committee of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court published a proposed rule change that will jeopardize access to quality health care. If approved, this proposal would cause a flood of suits against doctors, hospitals, and long term care facilities to be filed in Philadelphia and other high verdict counties in PA. This would roll back a reform that helped stem the last medical malpractice crisis by requiring suits to be filed only where the alleged injury occurred. Lawyers will once again “venue shop” by filing suit in a locale most likely to provide a juicy contingency fee as opposed to where the case should be filed.

This rule change will take Pennsylvania back to dangerous days that fueled a medical malpractice crisis!

The Results Will Be Devistating

We cannot allow history to repeat itself by re-creating the conditions that caused physician’s insurance premiums to soar, practices to close, hospitals to cut back services, and young physicians to choose other states to care for patients. This attack on your access to health care must be stopped!

Protect Health Care in Pennsylvania

Tell the committee you oppose the proposed venue rules and continue to require medical liability cases to be filed where the alleged injury occurs.

Dear Ms. Shultz,

Please protect Pennsylvania's health care. I strongly oppose the medical malpractice venue proposal before the Civil Procedural Rules Committee, Rules 1006, 2130, 2156, and 2179. Medical malpractice cases should be brought only in the county where the injury occurred. This proposed rule change will open the floodgates of venue shopping and puts the quality of health care in Pennsylvania at risk. I don't want doctors to leave Pennsylvania, trauma centers and maternity wards to close, or patients put at risk. I urge you to oppose this rule change.

Sincerely,

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