California voters overwhelmingly turned down a ballot proposition Tuesday that would have raised the medical malpractice cap and required drug testing for some healthcare workers in the state. The vote came in 67.1% against California Proposition 46, which opponents of the initiative saw as a reaction against rising medical costs. The comp related parts of the measure would have required physicians to check California’s Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System(CURES) database before prescribing narcotics to first-time patients in an effort to minimize doctor-shopping and abuse. The centerpiece of Proposition 46, though, was a mandate for drug and alcohol testing of physicians both randomly and within 12 hours after any unexpected patient death or serious injury at hospitals in the state.
Read the full overview on the defeat of Prop 46 here.