Local experts including Jeanie Taylor, who is the Director of Patient Safety and Quality Assurance at Ingham Regional Medical Center, say the bill is a good thing. Taylor says it will provide a huge database so healthcare professionals can learn from mistakes and prevent them in the future.
Lawmakers also believe it will take some of the fear out of reporting mistakes. It's estimated medical errors are underreported and account for hundreds of deaths in the United States every day.
The bill is waiting to be signed into law by President Bush. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the system will cost $58 million over the next five years.