Reference:

Article X, Section 20

Ballot Title:

Public Protection from Repeated Medical Malpractice

Ballot Summary:

Current law allows medical doctors who have committed repeated malpractice to be licensed to practice medicine in Florida. This amendment prohibits medical doctors who have been found to have committed three or more incidents of medical malpractice from being licensed to practice medicine in Florida.

Full Text:

BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA THAT:
a) Statement and Purpose:
   Under current law, a medical doctor who has repeatedly committed medical malpractice in Florida or while practicing in other states or countries may obtain or continue to hold a professional license to practice medicine in Florida. The purpose of this amendment is to prohibit such a doctor from obtaining or holding a license to practice medicine in Florida.
b) Amendment of Florida Constitution:
   Art. X, Fla. Const., is amended by inserting the following new section at the end thereof, to read:
   "Section 20. Prohibition of Medical License After Repeated Medical Malpractice.
       "a) No person who has been found to have committed three or more incidents of medical malpractice shall be licensed or continue to be licensed by the State of Florida to provide health care services as a medical doctor.
      "b) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
          "i) The phrase "medical malpractice" means both the failure to practice medicine in Florida with that level of care, skill, and treatment recognized in general law related to health care providersí licensure, and any similar wrongful act, neglect, or default in other states or countries which, if committed in Florida, would have been considered medical malpractice.
          "ii) The phrase "found to have committed" means that the malpractice has been found in a final judgment of a court of law, final administrative agency decision, or decision of binding arbitration."
c) Effective Date and Severability:
   This amendment shall be effective on the date it is approved by the electorate. If any portion of this measure is held invalid for any reason, the remaining portion of this measure, to the fullest extent possible, shall be severed from the void portion and given the fullest possible force and application.