Patients have a right to know about their care. Decisions about whether to undergo medical procedures are some of the most important decisions in a person's life because the stakes are so high. Which is the right hospital in which to have surgery or treatment? The answers to these questions can be a matter of life and death.
Due to a legislative mistake two decades ago, many patients have been in the dark when it comes to learning about problems in Texas hospitals. Reports about these facilities were wrongly made confidential and have remained so for years. You can learn more about the safety of a restaurant than the safety of a hospital in Texas. That makes no sense. Sunlight is the best disinfectant because bad things happen in the dark. HB 49 by Rep. Klick will shine a bright light on this issue, making reports about state-identified problems in hospitals public once again. Transparency is so important and HB 49 gives patients more information so they can make the best decision possible for their care. It deserves strong support at the Texas Capitol.
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