46 - Medical malpractice

If it passes

This initiative would change California's medical malpractice law, which now limits lawsuit awards for pain and suffering to $250,000. That limit would increase to approximately $1.1 million, to account for inflation since the law was passed in 1975. The new limit would also be adjusted annually for inflation.

In addition, the measure would require hospitals to randomly test their physicians for alcohol and drug use. Doctors would also be tested after the occurrence of certain medical mistakes or any events that cause a patient’s death or serious disability.

Impaired physicians would be subject to disciplinary action including possible suspension of their licenses.

A third component of the measure would require doctors, when prescribing certain medications, to check a state database of patients' other prescriptions to help prevent drug abuse.

Endorsements

Los Angeles Times Editorial

Support

  • Bob Pack, Father of victims of preventable medical error, Troy and Alana Pack
  • Carmen Balber, Executive Director Consumer Watchdog
  • Henry L. “Hank” Lacayo, State President Congress of California Seniors
  • Sarah Hitchcock-Glover, R.N., Mother of victim of preventable medical error, Adam Glover
  • Alejandra Gonzalez, Mother of victim of preventable medical error, Mia Chavez
  • Jennifer Westhoff, Mother of victim of preventable medical error, Morgan Westhoff

Oppose

  • Tricia Hunter, RN, Executive Director American Nurses Association, California
  • Tom Scott California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse
  • Betty Jo Toccoli, President California Small Business Association
  • Donna Emanuele, RN, President California Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Ann-Louise Kuhns, President California Children’s Hospital Association
  • Stuart Cohen, MD, Chair American Academy of Pediatrics, California

Tracking the money

$76.2 million has been raised

Support
$12,837,071
Oppose
$63,328,473

Search contributions

Contributions by state

Support

$1
$10K
$100K
$500K
$1M
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State Amount %
California $12,491,734 97.3%
Other $345,337 2.7%

Oppose

$1
$10K
$100K
$500K
$1M
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State Amount %
California $63,280,946 99.9%
Other $47,527 0.1%

Contributions by special interest

Sector Support Oppose Total
Healthcare $850 $37,456,554 $37,457,403
Financial services $43,550 $22,412,750 $22,456,300
Legal $10,935,019 $1,500 $10,936,519
Political campaign $1,383,255 $3,431,282 $4,814,535
Foundations $290,415 $0 $290,414
Consulting $52,600 $1,900 $54,500
Union $50,000 $2,050 $52,049
Retired $34,090 $9,550 $43,640
Automotive $10,000 $0 $10,000
Arts & entertainment $6,100 $0 $6,100
Education $400 $2,300 $2,700
Technology $2,000 $100 $2,100
Retail $0 $2,000 $2,000
Government $100 $1,300 $1,400
Construction $1,000 $0 $1,000
Homemaker $100 $500 $600
Native American tribes $0 $500 $500
Energy $0 $150 $150
Agriculture $0 $100 $100
Hospitality $100 $0 $100

Top contributors in support

# Name Contributions# Total
1. consumer attorneys of california initiative defense political action committee 3 $1,214,000
2. Consumer Attorneys Issue PAC 4 $1,108,000
3. Consumer Watchdog 4 $290,000
4. Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc. 3 $275,000
5. Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) 3 $275,000
6. Kabateck, Brown, Kellner, LLP 5 $260,000
7. Shernoff, Bidart, Echeverria, Bentley, LLP 9 $251,600
8. girardi / keese 3 $250,000
9. Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP 7 $205,265
10. Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP 2 $175,000

Top contributors in opposition

# Name Contributions# Total
1. Norcal Mutual Insurance Company 3 $11,000,000
2. The Doctors Company 5 $10,611,200
3. Cooperative of American Physicians Independent Expenditure Committee 14 $10,203,970
4. Medical Insurance Exchange of California, Including Aggregated Contributions 5 $7,500,000
5. California Medical Association Physicians' Issues Committee 47 $5,282,558
6. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. 2 $3,000,000
7. California Hospitals Committee On Issues, Sponsored By CAHHS 2 $2,750,000
8. California Association of Hospitals & Health Systems 1 $2,500,000
9. California Dental Association 5 $2,052,709
10. The Mutual Risk Retention Group Inc. 2 $2,000,000

Note: Committees campaigning for or against a proposition can contribute money to other committees working to support or oppose any of the propositions on the November ballot.

Credits: Lily Mihalik, Maloy Moore, Anthony Pesce.