HR 5

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

H. R. 5

To improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 24, 2011

Mr. GINGREY of Georgia (for himself, Mr. DAVID SCOTT of Georgia, and Mr. SMITH of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.

SEC. 3. ENCOURAGING SPEEDY RESOLUTION OF CLAIMS.

SEC. 4. COMPENSATING PATIENT INJURY.

SEC. 5. MAXIMIZING PATIENT RECOVERY.

SEC. 6. ADDITIONAL HEALTH BENEFITS.

SEC. 7. PUNITIVE DAMAGES.

SEC. 8. AUTHORIZATION OF PAYMENT OF FUTURE DAMAGES TO CLAIMANTS IN HEALTH CARE LAWSUITS.

SEC. 9. DEFINITIONS.

SEC. 10. EFFECT ON OTHER LAWS.

SEC. 11. STATE FLEXIBILITY AND PROTECTION OF STATES' RIGHTS.

SEC. 12. APPLICABILITY; EFFECTIVE DATE.

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