OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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April 11, 2012

ADDENDUM

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.