THE COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS-SURGEONSAGAINST THE $75,000 LIMIT FOR DAMAGES CAUSED BY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

During the public hearings celebrated by the House of Representatives, regarding the proposed amendment of eliminating the $75,000 limit of the Department of Health’s Regulation 8131, Dr. Eduardo Ibarra, president of the College of Physicians-Surgeons of Puerto Rico, testified. During his speech, Dr. Ibarra was emphatic when he indicated that the members of the Medical Surgeon Association unanimously voted against the $75,000 limit as the maximum compensation for damages in medical malpractice cases that the Department of Health’s Regulation 8131 establishes. He also indicated that the reason behind Puerto Rico’s medical specialists’ exodus is not because of the medical malpractice lawsuits, but because of the emigration of doctors looking for a better salary, work conditions and quality of life. It is important to point out that these declarations are contrary to the postures of the last College of Physicians-Surgeons, in particular, that of the past president, Dr. Feliberti, who affirmed, on several occasions, that the Puerto Rico’s doctors leave because of the frivolous lawsuits.