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Washington becomes fourth state to stop paying for medical errors

Office of Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, January 31, 2008
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has announced the adoption of a resolution by three major state medical associations to help ensure that patients are treated fairly by the healthcare system. The Washington State Hospital Association, Washington State Medical Association and the Washington Ambulatory Surgery Center Association have all adopted the voluntary agreement to not ask patients to pay for care related to serious medical errors. The agreement applies to 28 specific "adverse events."