New Pa. Bill Makes Apologies Not An Admission Of Fault

By: Alyssa Marsico
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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Pennsylvania will be joining 36 other states to enact an “apology law.” The law unanimously cleared the Pa. House.

It protects apologies given by the health care providers to families of patients or patients.

Dr. Marilyn M. Singleton, a board certified anesthesiologist and Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, published an article titled “I’m Sorry For Your Loss.” The article outlines the need for the law.

Dr . Singleton tells the KDKA Afternoon News, “It’s sort of sad always has been conventional wisdom to avoid an apology because somebody might take that as an admission of guilt.”

She details points she makes in her publication as to why this “apology law” is so necessary for the medical field and allows health care providers to genuinely express their compassion and not hide their feelings fearing lawsuits.

“So many things that happen, really it’s questionable if is actually breaks the standard of care, the legal standard whether malpractice happened or it was just something that happened,” said Dr. Singleton.

You can hear the whole interview here now!

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