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Prop 46: the patient safety measure

NORTH COAST - Proponents of the patient safety measure, also called Proposition 46, say if passed, it will save lives.

It has been a hotly contested item on this upcoming November’s ballot. The prop will require random drug and alcohol testing for physicians.

It will also raise the cap on medical negligence cases, specifically for the death of children or elderly parents.

Opponents against the prop say it will make quality medical care harder for patients to get and will raise medical bills.

Advocates for the prop say doctors need to be held accountable.

“We are in the middle of a patient safety crisis in California and the country. Up to 40,000 people die every year of medical negligence. Nearly 1 in 5 doctors have a substance abuse problem and that means patients are at risk. Everyone in the state has heard of the rising prescription drug overdose epidemic. The legislature has refused to take action to fix these patient safety problems because the medical lobby prevents it. And so we took prop 46 to the ballot to address these critical patient safety problems,” Carmen Balber, Executive Director of Consumer Watchdog, said.