Medical malpractice compromise dividing Florida Medical Association membership

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The group that represents the state’s physicians is discovering that a compromise it reached to win support of a sweeping medical malpractice bill is dividing its members and could doom the legislative proposal, report the Florida Current.

Some members of the Florida Medical Association are so irritated with the deal that they are beginning to aggressively lobby against the proposal and some are cancelling their membership in the group.

The Broward County Medical Association this week wrote letters to Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon asking them to oppose a medical malpractice package that in addition to providing physicians protections from lawsuits would expand how optometrists are allowed to practice and give them prescribing authority.

In addition to sending letters to legislative leadership, the Broward group also sent a letter to FMA President Miguel Machado who earlier had sent out an email to FMA members explaining why the association made the compromise.

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