TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers have sent to Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would make changes to the state's medical malpractice system.
Critics of the bill (SB 1792) said Wednesday it would make it harder to pursue malpractice claims.
The measure that passed the Senate last month, cleared the House on a 77-38 vote.
The legislation requires that expert witnesses who are called against a defendant doctor practice the exact same kind of medicine.
The bill also allows — but does not require — any health care provider called as a witness to breach patient confidentiality and give the defendant's attorneys information about a patient's treatment.
Its critics included Rep. Cynthia A. Stafford, who said the provisions would make it harder for malpractice victims to seek justice.