Time To Respect Florida Law And Patients' Right To Know

Law360 (November 26, 2019, 5:07 PM EST) -- On Nov. 2, 2004, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a proposed constitutional amendment, titled the Patients’ Right to Know About Adverse Medical Incidents. Over 81% of the votes cast on this matter favored this amendment, reflecting the desires of almost 6 million voters.

This constitutional amendment, codified as Article X, Section 25 of the Florida Constitution, states that “patients have a right to have access to any records made or received in the course of business by a health care facility or provider relating to any adverse medical incident.”[1] An adverse medical incident is defined as:

[M]edical negligence, intentional misconduct, and any...

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