Hawaii has established medical claims conciliation panels (MCCP) that review potential cases and issue opinions on liability and damages. The law requires that most medical malpractice claims go through the MCCP process before filing a lawsuit. Basically, this involves nonbinding arbitration. Either party still has the option of rejecting the panel’s decision and filing a lawsuit. If you are covered by the Kaiser health plan, most participants give up their right to file a lawsuit and agree to resolve complaints through binding arbitration.
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