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PA passes bill allowing doctors to apologize to patients

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania could soon have a law that allows doctors to make apologies to patients without fear of legal reprisal.
 
The state House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 202-0 to enact the Benevolent Gesture Medical Liability Act.
 
It allows doctors to apologize and not have those statements used against them as long as such statements are not an admission of negligence or fault.
 
The Senate unanimously passed the bill earlier, and it is now on it's way to the Governor's desk for his signature.
 
According to the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the bill will help improve patient-doctor communications, while also helping trial lawyers who often have people call them thinking they have malpractice cases when the physicians didn't say they were sorry.
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