OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS
Legislative Office Building, Room 5200
Hartford, CT 06106 ↓ (860) 240-0200
http: //www. cga. ct. gov/ofa
April 11, 2012
To Fiscal Note on
SB-243, File No. 331
AN ACT CONCERNING CERTIFICATES OF MERIT.
The bill broadens the manner in which attorneys may determine a good faith belief that a claimant received negligent medical care or treatment.
Should the provisions of the bill lead to an increase in the number of malpractice cases that are litigated, the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) may realize additional legal and medical malpractice costs. The extent of these costs cannot be known in advance. However, for purposes of illustration, UCHC has incurred legal costs of $1. 8 million over a recent four year period defending malpractice claims that ultimately resulted in no payment to the claimant.