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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bill Would Protect Doctors Who Recommend Drivers Licenses Be Revoked

Here's an interesting item: A bill to protect doctors from legal action after they recommend a patient's driver's license be revoked is headed for a State Senate vote.

The Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved the measure Tuesday and it's been approved by the House. A lobbyist for the Idaho Medical Association says the measure would prohibit lawsuits from being filed against doctors who notify the Idaho Transportation Department when a patient is deemed incompetent to drive.

Reasons for incompetence could include Alzheimer's disease, dementia, epilepsy or seizures. Doctors have been targeted in the past with lawsuits filed by drivers frustrated with recommendations to revoke licenses. Making lawsuits illegal would eliminate fear some doctors have about filing reports.

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