Feb. 04, 2019

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tedd Nesbit (R-Butler/Mercer) stood with the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society today calling on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to save our health care.

In the early 2000s, medical malpractice civil lawsuits from all over Pennsylvania were being directed to Philadelphia for trial, even if none of the alleged malpractice took place there.

Doctors, including family practice, OB-GYNs, orthopedists, neurosurgeons and other specialists either retired early, closed their practices entirely or moved to other states. This created a crisis which led to higher health care costs overall and patients losing their physicians and specialists.

Now, this could all happen again if the court decides to repeal the very rule change that fixed this problem decades ago.

“I am proud to stand with our state’s doctors, the health care community, the House Majority Policy Committee, and most importantly, stand with my constituents on this critical issue,” said Nesbit. “My constituents, and all of the residents of Pennsylvania, deserve to have access to the best quality health care, without paying any additional costs. This proposed rule change would only hurt that.”

To view Nesbit’s comments regarding this issue, follow this link: youtube.com/watch?v=x9HXBEABCm0

If this rule is reversed, experts believe medical malpractice premiums will skyrocket again, leading to patients having to say goodbye to their physicians or patients having to drive farther for care. Additionally, recruiting physicians and specialists to Pennsylvania would be difficult, and all advanced medical innovations could be stopped. Overall, patient care would suffer and everyone would face higher health care costs.

“I encourage everyone to reach out to the Pennsylvania Civil Procedural Rules Committee and voice your concern regarding this issue,” continued Nesbit. “Let’s not create this crisis once again. Let’s work together to save our health care.”

Residents are encouraged to visit PAGOPPolicy.com before Feb. 22 to leave a comment about how a reversal of this rule could hurt their health care.

Representative Tedd Nesbit
8th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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