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60-3405. Findings and purpose. Substantial increases in costs of professional liability insurance for health care providers have created a crisis of availability and affordability. This situation poses a serious threat to the continued availability and quality of health care in Kansas. In the interest of the public health and welfare, new measures are required to assure that affordable professional liability insurance will be available to Kansas health care providers, to assure that injured parties receive adequate compensation for their injuries, and to maintain the quality of health care in Kansas.

History: L. 1986, ch. 229, § 1; July 1.

Revisor's Note:

60-3405 through 60-3413 were part of comprehensive medical malpractice legislation. For remainder of act, see table of sections, L. 1986, ch. 229, in Constitutions Volume.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"Caps, 'Crisis,' and Constitutionality—Evaluating the 1986 Kansas Medical Malpractice Legislation," Elizabeth Schartz, 35 K.L.R. 763, 776, 817 (1987).

CASE ANNOTATIONS

1. Cited; 60-3403 violates Kansas equal protection clause; classifications therein do not further legitimate legislative objective. Farley v. Engelken, 241 K. 663, 676, 678, 740 P.2d 1058 (1987).

2. Cited; statutes (60-3407, 60-3409, 60-3411) limiting recovery in medical malpractice actions as unconstitutional examined. Kansas Malpractice Victims Coalition v. Bell, 243 K. 333, 358, 757 P.2d 251 (1988).

3. On question certified (60-3201 et seq.), 40-3403(h) abrogating certain common-law vicarious liability held constitutional. Bair v. Peck, 248 K. 824, 832, 811 P.2d 1176 (1991).


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