Just before the New Year, S.6800/A.8516 went to Governor Cuomo's desk to be signed into law. This bill will change the allowable time to file a claim from the current 2.5 years from date of discovery to 7 years from the date of discovery for failure to diagnose cancer or a malignant tumor, or the date of last treatment where there is continuous treatment for the same illness, injury or condition which gave rise to the action.
We are facing a critical shortage of primary care physician capacity at a time when primary care has been highlighted as cost-efficient, effective and longitudinally advantageous. Approval of this legislation undermines the administration's efforts to bring health care costs under control, by further dis-incentivizing primary care practice.
New York physicians already pay the highest medical liability premiums in the country and are facing increasingly burdensome administrative hassles and declining payments from insurers. Containing the staggering medical liability insurance cost burden is essential if we are to assure that our patients' needs can be met.
Contact Governor Cuomo. Tell him to VETO S.6800/A.8516 until logical, adequate, clearly defined improvements and comprehensive reform can be established and the inconsistencies in this legislation can be addressed.