U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) recently introduced the "Health Care Safety Net Enhancement Act" (S.961) to provide targeted medical liability protections to emergency room physicians and on-call specialists.
The bill, which is also co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (Ill.), would not have an effect on direct spending, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). U.S. Representative Charlie Dent (Pa.) introduced the companion legislation (H.R.36) in the U.S. House of Representatives.
"Our nation's medical liability system is flawed and costly. I'm pleased to join Senator Kirk and Congressman Dent in this effort to provide liability protections for emergency physicians, and I will continue to support common-sense reforms that improve Americans' access to affordable, quality health care," said Blunt.
"Emergency room surgeons who provide high-risk, complex services to severely injured patients find themselves increasingly exposed to the flawed medical liability system," said Kirk. "I join Senator Blunt and Congressman Dent in supporting this common-sense legislation to reduce costs for patients and reform the existing liability structure."
"These men and women want to help. They are the physicians, but the risks of working out of the ER have just become too high," said Dent. "My bill and Senator Blunt's bill will work to reverse that disturbing trend by providing liability coverage to trauma professionals."
This week, Blunt met with Missouri representatives from the American College of Emergency Physicians to discuss ways they can worth together to improve the quality of emergency medical care for all patients.