For Immediate Release
June 21, 2017
STATEMENT FROM MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK PRESIDENT, CHARLES ROTHBERG, MD
RE: STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS EXPANSION BILL
“New York’s physicians are extremely concerned about the ultimate impact to New Yorkers’ access to care if the statute of limitations expansion bill (S.6800/S.8516) considered by the Legislature today were ultimately signed into law. Many New York hospitals and physicians are already struggling to keep their doors open.
New York State has already earned the dubious distinction as the absolute worst state in the country in which to practice medicine, in large part due to its overwhelming liability costs. The bill will add significantly to these costs that have already driven physician after physician out of private practice, and in many cases driving them out of New York altogether. It will also discourage countless others from coming here to practice. We urge Governor Cuomo to veto this legislation and bring parties together to pass comprehensive, not one-sided, medical liability reform.
New Yorkers’ access to health care is at stake.”
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Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.
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