A new law in California has added more stringent penalties for people who try to file a medical bill with their doctor.
The law, passed last week by a narrow margin, adds to a list of laws that has made it more difficult for people to file their own medical bills.
It now requires doctors who perform certain types of procedures to provide written documentation from a doctor or other qualified health care provider, such as a certified copy of a patient’s medical records.
This new rule applies to all health care professionals in California.
The new law goes into effect on January 1.
The law has drawn criticism from medical organizations who say it could discourage people with serious medical conditions from seeking care.
Some doctors say the new law is overly burdensome.
“It’s just not appropriate,” said Dr. Robert E. Schall, a professor of pediatrics at University of California, Los Angeles.
“It just makes it more of a burden to the individual.”
Dr. Schal, who also runs the health care policy and advocacy group Healthcare California, said his group opposed the bill as it was written and passed, and the new requirement would be a significant impediment to doctors performing certain procedures.
But he added that there were other, better options available for patients with serious conditions.
If a doctor has a serious medical condition, he or she has a right to request a copy of the patient’s records.
They can even do it themselves, he said.
Dr, Schall said the new rule could prevent doctors from performing certain types.
“This is a major step backwards,” he said of the new policy.
“The fact that this is a medical professional, not a doctor, they can ask for a copy.”
The bill has also been criticized by doctors who say the bill would hurt people with chronic diseases.
“If this bill passes, then they’ll be forced to go back to the drawing board and look at other procedures that are not medically necessary,” said Richard J. Schatz, a neurologist and senior vice president of the California Nurses Association.
“And that’s not a good thing for patients.”
New California law will hurt patients with cancer, diabetes and heart disease, said Dr., Dr. Richard Schatz.
In a statement, Dr. Schalt said the bill is needed to address the problem of a growing number of medical bills that don’t make sense, but he added it should also provide access to more doctors.
“There are now more than 10,000 California doctors who will not be able to provide care to all patients, no matter how serious their condition is,” Dr. Schultz said.
“These physicians are in need of training and resources.”
Another California lawmaker, state Sen. Scott Wiener, R-Palo Alto, said the measure was “unnecessary.”
“This is just a bad bill to put in place,” said Wiener.
“I don’t know how you can justify this.”
He added that the new bill would likely be overturned by the courts.
Other states have similar laws.
A similar bill, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Keeler, D-San Diego, was defeated by a Senate committee.
And a similar bill was passed in Hawaii.
More from Newsweek.com:The American Medical Association and other groups say the proposed bill does not go far enough.
“In the short term, it will be difficult for doctors to comply with this requirement,” AMA President Dr. David A. Hochberg said in a statement.
“But the ACA’s mandate to provide a patient with the highest quality care will continue to protect doctors from this penalty, and doctors will be able, in many instances, to keep their practices open.”
The bill would also require patients to get a written request from their doctor or a certified health care professional.
Doctors who do not comply would be fined $200.
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