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Bills would let health providers say, ‘I’m sorry’; Critics say proposed laws go too far

Published 02/12/2012, New Richmond News

While working at the Osceola Medical Center a couple years ago, Dr. Erik Severson decided to transfer a heart patient to a different hospital. When the man took an abrupt turn for the worse and died under Severson’s care, the physician took a risk as he broke the news to the man’s son. Now a freshman member of the Wisconsin Assembly, Severson is the lead author of a bill, AB 147, to make a health-care provider’s apology inadmissible as evidence in a medical malpractice suit.

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