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PATIENT COMPENSATION BOARDS. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Abolishes right to jury trial in actions against physicians or health care facilities arising because of medical injury. Provides administrative hearings by Patient Compensation Boards shall be exclusive remedy for such injuries, subject to appellate court review. Provides for state agency to administer patient compensation fund created from payments by patients and health care providers. Specifies that health care providers presenting proof of financial responsibility shall not be required to contribute to fund. Prohibits awards for non-economic loss. Limits amount of compensation for death. Imposes restrictions on compensation for loss of salary. Defines terms. Financial impact: Approximately $3,000,000 annually for ongoing
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Patient Compensation Boards California Initiative 139 (1976).