Hallelujah! The bitterly despised Proposition 46 here in California failed at the polls by a 2-1 margin yesterday. It would have raised the medical malpractice cap for pain and suffering here in the state from $250,000, which has been in effect since 1976, to $1.1 million, which is what the inflation adjusted number would have been. If malpractice lawyers can't make a viable business case from six figure payouts for representing their suffering clients, then they probably don't really care that much about these "victims" and really should go into a different legal field. Many doctors have to make a living with far less reimbursements than that.
Another provision of Prop 46 would have subjected physicians to random drug tests and testing after patient complications. This is patently silly. While drug testing maybe required for professional athletes, airline pilots, bus drivers, and other people, obviously citizens held in as high esteem as doctors would never abuse drugs and alcohol, do we?
So hats off to all the medical societies who spent our annual dues to protect us from urinating into a little cup. I'm glad our money has been put to good use, instead of spending it on hosting another luxurious conference in Hawaii.