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Jackson Health System quality-of-care lawsuit can proceed

Miami Herald, May 14, 2010

After a union lawyer announced that Miami-based Jackson Health System staffers could prove that insured patients get better care than the uninsured, a judge allowed to proceed part of a lawsuit that demands that the public health system establish a mechanism to "assure there is one standard of patient care." Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Victoria Platzer, however, threw out two counts seeking to stop layoffs. She told union attorney Mark Richard, "Emotionally you make a great appeal" about why layoffs of more than 100 doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals should be stopped, but "you have no case law" on why a judge should have the legal authority to interfere in Jackson's financial decisions.