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Medical Reports Accessible, But Not Admissible, in Florida

Nov. 18, 2019, 8:32 PM

An amendment to the Florida Constitution that requires health-care providers to give patients access to adverse medical incident reports doesn’t invalidate a state law that prohibits internal risk management program data from being admitted at trial, a Florida appeals court said.

Amendment 7 gives patients the right to access documents that were previously inaccessible, the court said. But the provision doesn’t establish any right to a specific use of the information, the Florida Court of Appeals, Fifth District said.

The provision thus doesn’t preclude trial courts from applying a law that prohibits the admissibility at trial of adverse incident reports...

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