Questions Remains About Medical Review Panel Bill

Cheyenne, WY – A bill setting up a Medical Review Panel will go to the full legislature, but a policy question remains. Judiciary Committee members can't decide whether the panel should just be a screening panel or if it should be a full blown hearing, with evidence available to be used in court. But they voted to send the bill to the Legislature who can work out the details. The Medical Review Panel concept was approved by Wyoming Voters in November. The concept is that the panel could weed out frivolous lawsuits and, in turn, help reduce medical malpractice insurance rates. Torrington Representative Ed Buchanon wonders if the panel will actually help reduce malpractice insurance rates paid by Wyoming doctors. Fellow Representative Monte Olsen adds that how to pay for the panel is another sticking point.