Local San Diego Groups Join Mounting Opposition to Trial Attorney Funded Measure and Urge “No” Vote Next November

Initiative would raise health care costs, reduce access for Californians

Sacramento, CA – Local San Diego groups San Ysidro Health and San Diego County Medical Society have signed on in opposition to the so called “Fairness for Injured Patients Act,” an initiative that would raise healthcare costs and reduce access to care across the state. The groups join dozens of community clinics, doctors, nurses, dentists and more across the state in opposing this dangerous initiative.

“San Diego is home to some of the most innovative and advanced medical care our country has to offer,” said Kevin Mattson, President and Chief Executive Officer of San Ysidro Health. “But in San Diego, we also rely on a network of community health centers to ensure some of our most vulnerable populations have access to affordable healthcare. Many of these health centers are already operating on razor thin margins and a ballot measure like this, that would cost millions each year, could force clinics to reduce services or close their doors altogether.”

The initiative, funded primarily by a wealthy out-of-state trial attorney, will appear on the November 2022 ballot. As written, the measure would effectively eliminate California’s medical lawsuit limits by creating a new and broadly defined category of malpractice lawsuits, which would result in financial windfalls for California’s trial attorneys, hurting California’s most vulnerable patients.

“This measure will jeopardize healthcare for millions of Californians, especially those who rely on community health centers for their care,” Sergio Flores, M.D., President, San Diego County Medical Society. “Funders of this measure have kept secret the fact that attorneys stand to gain windfalls at the expense of patients, that essential safeguards built into our healthcare delivery system would be upended and that access to affordable healthcare would be obliterated. We must vote NO on this dangerous measure in November.”

In 2014, voters overwhelmingly voted No on Proposition 46, which would have made substantial changes in the state’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). This measure goes well beyond what Prop. 46 would have done and the cost to California taxpayers would be far greater, as noted by the independent Legislative Analyst Office (LAO).

“This measure would likely have a wide variety of fiscal effects on state and local governments,” the LAO said, adding that, “Annual government costs likely ranging from the low tens of millions of dollars to the high hundreds of millions of dollars.”

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