Just as the Society makes physicians’ voices heard at the Capitol, it also advances the view of physicians in the courtroom.
When the state of Wisconsin took $200 million from the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund to balance the budget, the Society fought back. We filed a lawsuit on behalf of physicians and their patients to restore to the Fund the money taken plus interest—and won. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered that the money taken plus interest be paid back, and also issued a permanent injunction preventing the State from transferring money out of the Fund in the future.
That’s just one examples our efforts in the courtroom on behalf of physicians and patients.
Because the precedents set by appellate courts can affect the health law landscape as much as laws created in the Capitol, it is important that judges understand the impact of those decision. By filing amicus briefs—also known as “friend of the court” briefs—in cases that have the potential to broadly affect Wisconsin physicians from a legal and/or public policy perspective, the Society is able to present legal and public policy arguments to judges that may not have been made by the parties themselves.