By Amy Bancroft and Jennifer Clements | 11/13/17 11:01am A new state law allows families to sue over their children’s deaths in state-run hospitals and primary care facilities, raising concerns about the future of families in these facilities.
The law allows parents to sue if their children died from the same underlying medical conditions or caused the same type of medical conditions that resulted in their deaths, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and HIV.
The legislation does not require a medical professional to certify death, but it does require that a death is the result of the negligent or willful acts of the hospital or health care facility.
The bill was signed by Gov.
Greg Abbott on Wednesday.
The state already has a law allowing parents to file claims against public hospitals for wrongful death.
The new law also allows children under 18 to sue hospitals, but the bill allows parents of minors under 18.
The new legislation also raises the bar for family members who want to sue for negligence or willful misconduct.
The law says that, if a medical expert determines that a child died as the result the negligent acts of a hospital or primary care facility, the court must order that the hospital and primary caregiver be held liable for damages, including medical expenses, attorney fees and court costs.
A new bill has been filed in the Texas House of Representatives by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Corpus Christi, which would require state-licensed primary care physicians to sign an affidavit stating that they have certified death as the cause of death for any child under 18 and that the child was not suffering from any medical condition.
The affidavit must be signed by the physician who administered the test and must include the date of the test, name of the child and address.
Gaetz, who was in attendance, said that the bill would allow families to recover the costs of a doctor who did not perform the test for them.
Gaetz is also calling for a statewide registry for deaths from primary care hospitals and other facilities, a bill that would also provide medical records of the deaths.
“We need to make sure the death is not the result, in our opinion, of a lack of care by the facility,” Gaetz said.
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State officials are working to expand access to health care to low-income families in the wake of the state’s new law, which passed in May and is expected to become law in July.
The state health agency, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is conducting a study of its state’s primary care system.
It will determine whether the state has the right to set rules for facilities to ensure that they comply with the law.
Under the new law passed in July, the family of a child under age 18 must be notified of the death, and a family member must be present for the doctor’s initial evaluation, according to the state.
If a child dies and there is a medical examiner who can confirm the cause, the parents must be given a copy of the autopsy report, according the Texas Tribune.
The proposed law would allow parents to seek monetary damages from a primary care provider for injuries and deaths caused by negligence, and the family would have 60 days to file suit.
The bill would also require that the medical examiner sign a declaration stating that the physician’s initial examination was a false or fraudulent diagnosis or treatment.
The governor signed the bill into law on Wednesday after it was passed by the Texas Senate, which has the power to veto the bill.
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SOURCE Texas Tribune, Hospital Insurance Association, Primary Children’s Hospital, Primary Child Health, Primary Health Care Association