Friday, February 5, 2010

Article on med mal, tort reform and health care

"[W]ho wants to walk into a hospital these days knowing that there is no legal accountability for unsafe medical care? Like in Texas, . . .where you can just about forget ever being able to file a lawsuit if you or your child is injured due to incompetent medical care. It's worse than that, though. Patient safety has taken a huge nose-dive in Texas. The doctors haven't returned, and lots of them are now lining their pockets performing unnecessary tests for reasons having nothing to do with lawsuits because, well, they are nearly gone. I took a quick survey of the news in the past week to try to diagnose which is the bigger medical malpractice problem - too many "frivolous" lawsuits by patients, or too much malpractice on patients. Couldn't find any articles about frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits. Instead, I found this: . . . ." This is the beginning of an article by Joanne Doroshow published in the Huffington Post two days ago. To keep reading and to check out the many links she uses to support her arguments (including links I omitted from the section I just quoted above), go here.

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