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The so-called “Patient Safety Initiative” would affect not just patients, but their doctors—and the lawyers who might or might not sue them for malpractice. Issues include medical privacy, insurance rates, attorneys’ fees and drug testing for doctors—the first in the nation. We’ll hear the pros and cons of Proposition 46.

Also, the Metropolitan Water District has threatened rationing because of the drought—but its own chairman uses twice as much water as the average Southern Californian. We’ll talk with him.

Banner Image Credit: "Relación Médico Paciente". Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Producers:
Claire Martin
Gideon Brower

Will Prop 46 Opponents Thwart Doctor Drug Testing, Increased Cap on Negligence Suits? 17 MIN, 51 SEC

Should doctors have to take random drug tests? Should they have to make sure addicted patients can’t get too many prescriptions? Should the limit on damages for medical malpractice be raised for the first time in 39 years? Those are the three provisions of Proposition 46, the Patients Protection Act, on the November ballot. We discuss the pros and cons.

Guests:
April Dembosky, KQED (@adembosky)
Bob Pack, author of Proposition 46 (@troyandalana)
Louise McCarthy, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (@CCALAC)

Water-Wasting Water Officials 6 MIN, 56 SEC

Californians cut water consumption in August by 11% as compared to last year. That’s the third month in a row of reductions. If that’s not enough, water officials threaten rationing. But what are they doing themselves? The Center for Investigative Reporting found three officials used more a million gallons. Over half used more water last year than the year before. The Metropolitan Water District supplies water to 19 million Southern Californians.

Randy Record is Chair of the Board of Directors. Last year, he reportedly used 1300 gallons a day—more than twice the average in Southern California.

Guests:
Randy Record, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (@ACWAPresident)

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