The dilemma that our medical practitioners face today
The news that the House has given the green signal for stiffer penalty for medical malpractice was met with varied reactions from medical practitioners, patients and the general public. House Bill 6538, now Senate Bill 3137 and pending for second reading provides that any physician who practices in a field of medical specialization which is not within the scope of his or her specialization may face life imprisonment under the provisions of the proposed Physicians Act of 2012. A fine ranging from P500,000 to P2 million and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment will be imposed if the death of a patient occurs as a result of the practice of a field of medical specialty outside the field of the doctor involved.
Link to the Senate Bill.
IMHO, they should think long and hard before passing this law.