A young woman in northern Wisconsin says she was told by a hospital staff member that she had a rare disease.
“I told them I had leukemia, and they said, ‘Well, you have to tell your parents, too,'” said the woman, whose name has not been released to protect her privacy.
Her story of the hospital staff’s denial came as Wisconsin Gov.
Scott Walker announced a statewide crackdown on medical malpractice suits that was intended to stop people from filing frivolous lawsuits against hospitals.
“This is one of the worst examples of discrimination I’ve ever seen in Wisconsin,” Walker told reporters Monday.
Walker’s announcement came as the state’s medical malcontent law was being challenged by a coalition of unions and advocacy groups.
The bill would make it harder for hospitals to claim that they had “inherently or substantially” covered their employees’ medical expenses, while also limiting the amount they could recover from victims.
“What’s wrong with the bill?
This is a blatant attack on patients,” said Jan Hasselman, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who helped write the legislation.
“It’s a gross misapplication of the law.”
Wisconsin’s medical liability law was originally enacted in 2012 to protect people from frivolous lawsuits.
In the past year, it has expanded to cover patients who receive treatment from other hospitals and other health care providers.
But the law has been criticized by critics, including the American Civil Liberties Union, who say it is vague and overbroad.
The law does not require hospitals to prove that they did something to prevent a malpractice claim.
“The law’s been a huge disappointment for patients,” Hasselmen said.
“If they can get a medical malsuit, they can do it.
If they can’t, it’s going to hurt a lot more people.”
The new law will go into effect in November.
Wisconsin’s attorney general has sued a hospital in Milwaukee for misclassifying a patient who was admitted to the hospital as suffering from a chronic medical condition.
The hospital is fighting the lawsuit, saying it’s not a violation of the state medical malclassification law.
The state attorney general’s office has also asked a federal judge to overturn a lawsuit by two nurses who were fired after filing a medical claim for unpaid bills.
The nurse was told her medical malcones were due to an underlying condition.
But in her case, the hospital said she was suffering from “cardiac or neurological disease” and had been receiving treatment for it.
Walker said he wants to make sure people with medical malcontents can get their medical bills paid.
“These lawsuits are a drag on the economy and have no place in the United States of America,” he said.