Published: Apr 11, 2013 3:46 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Senate is making it harder to pursue medical malpractice claims.
    
The Senate on Wednesday voted 27-12 for the bill and sent it to the House.
    
The legislation (SB 1792) requires that expert witnesses called against a defendant doctor practice the exact same kind of medicine and not just be in "similar" fields.
    
The bill also allows any health care provider called as a witness to breach patient confidentiality and give attorneys information about a patient's treatment.
    
Opponents called the legislation "overkill" and said it could potentially shield doctors from lawsuits even when they doing something wrong.
    
Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon and the prime sponsor, said the bill was an effort to create "fairness" in the system where doctors accused are not subjected to a "voodoo scientist" who testifies against them.

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