Primary Sponsor: Representative Mary E. Flowers (D)
Creates the Medical Device Safety Act. Provides that (i) all medical devices to be used by, surgically applied to, or surgically implanted within a patient be under warranty, regardless of the severity of the patient’s medical condition necessitating the device, (ii) all persons and entities that produce, sell, offer for sale, or provide medical devices to be used by, surgically applied to, or surgically implanted within a patient are liable for all costs to the patient for the replacement of each medical device if the medical device malfunctions due to no fault of the patient, and (iii) all hospitals and ambulatory surgical treatment centers shall waive the costs charged to patients for followup surgeries that result from defective medical devices, regardless of whether or not those defective medical devices are capable of being implanted. Amends the University of Illinois Hospital Act, the Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center Act, and the Hospital Licensing Act. Requires that the University of Illinois Hospital, all ambulatory surgical treatment centers, and all hospitals licensed under the Hospital Licensing Act waive the costs charged to patients for followup surgeries that result from previous surgical errors. Effective immediately.