House Representative Slosberg and (CO-SPONSORS) Bush; Cortes, J.; Driskell; Eskamani; Jenne; Killebrew; and Mercado submitted House Bill 6051 (https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=68915) earlier this year, to repeal Florida's Wrongful Death Act (aka Free Kill law). It died in Bob Rommel's Civil Justice Subcommittee on March 14th, 2020 as COVID came down upon the United States. Rommel's comment on the docket states "Indefinitely postponed and
There is a little known loophole that hospitals are using to commit insurance fraud. It's called the Florida Free Kill Law. According to Florida law, if a medical professional causes death to a patient via medically negligent acts, the hospital of employment is not allowed to file an insurance claim for services rendered. It makes sense right: If you kill someone (or employ the killer) by mistake, you don't get paid for it. Health insurance companies are not permitted, b
The more light we can shed on Florida's Free Kill law, the better. The reason Florida Statute 768.21(8) is in place, is for medical malpractice companies to save money. The flip side of that is that it costs lives. Fundamentally, the reason for all types of insurance is two fold for the customer. Firstly, it protects the insured if something should go wrong. If something does go wrong, the cost of insurance is likely to go up. Secondly, insurance provides accountability.
Now I know the question seems counter intuitive. Does the medical industry profit from death? Sadly the answer is yes, in many cases, and actually more so in Florida than other states. Staggering new statistics were recently released reveal that 10% of deaths in the United States are caused by medical error, in spite of the fact that death may be listed under another cause on the death certificate. *see related article: Medical error is not included on death certificates. Me