Doctors, lawyers support medical errors bill

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Doctors and trial lawyers have come to a rare agreement aimed at reducing medical malpractice lawsuits in Oregon.

The Oregon Medical Association and the Trial Lawyers Association are both backing a bill that would create a voluntary new process to resolve disputes following serious medical errors.

Injured patients would be able to discuss the error and a possible settlement with the hospital or clinic where it occurred. The discussions would not be admissible in court if a lawsuit is ultimately filed.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure on Thursday, advancing it to a budget committee.

Proponents hope doctors would have a better opportunity to learn from mistakes. Critics say it won't do anything to reduce liability insurance premiums for doctors.

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