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California groups fight to raise malpractice cap

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge (AP photo/Eric Risberg)
San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge (AP photo/Eric Risberg)

(Bloomberg) -- California’s limit of $250,000 on medical malpractice damages for pain and suffering, which became a model for other states almost 40 years ago, could be increased under a voter initiative to be submitted today.

Proponents said they’ve gathered 830,000 signatures, enough to qualify for the November ballot, supporting changes in so- called non-economic damages to account for inflation, effectively raising the cap to more than $1 million. The proposal would also require drug and alcohol tests for doctors.

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