Proposed Bill Would Allow Videotaping Of Surgeries In Mass.

BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would give patients the right to have their operations videotaped if they pay for it.

The measure would let licensed medical videographers tape the procedures. They would not have to be in the operating room at the time. A copy of the surgery would be given to the hospital for its records. Hospitals that refused would face a $10,000 fine.

The bill is scheduled for a Statehouse hearing Tuesday before the Public Health Committee.

Another bill set to be heard at the same time would create a special commission to investigate the use of robotic surgery in Massachusetts and develop a training protocol.

A third bill would prohibit doctors and other health care professionals from participating in the torture and abuse of prisoners.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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