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New Effort Would Lift Medical Malpractice Compensation Cap

THE CALIFORNIA REPORT - KQED FM

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State lawmakers are being lobbied to take a harder line on prescription drug abuse and the doctors who enable it. A number of bills attempt to address that problem -- but not the $250,000 cap on jury awards to victims of medical malpractice for pain and suffering. That was etched in stone as part of a landmark act in 1975. Now, reform advocates are mobilizing to attack the cap on next year's ballot.