An Oregon Senate committee has endorsed a bill that would allow mediation for patients injured by mistakes during a medical procedure. The bill "will benefit hundreds if not thousands of individuals," said Gov. John Kitzhaber. Insurers could face higher administrative costs, while physicians may have to pay higher premiums under the bill, said Jim Dorigan of The Doctors Co. "I support the efforts that went into the development of Senate Bill 483, but I don't want it to foreclose on addressing the issues of liability reform," Dorigan said.
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