The main goal of Proposition 46 is to quadruple MICRA’s cap on noneconomic damages. If enacted, it has been estimated that lifting MICRA’s cap would increase health care costs by almost $10 billion per year in California, or approximately $1,000 per family of four. The proposition is veiled as a “patient safety” initiative, mandating random and incident-driven drug testing of physicians. In addition, it mandates that physicians, pharmacists and other providers utilize an unproven government-run computer system containing patients’ drug prescription history.
We at East Bay Pediatrics ask you to vote NO on 46.