Tag Archives: Medical malpractice

Is Malpractice Reform a License to Kill?

Malpractice Reforms That Enable Malpractice It appears that many malpractice-prone doctors flee to nearby states that enact laws that purport to “reform” medical malpractice by capping non-economic damages patients may receive. That, at least, is the conclusion of a recent malpractice report in the Journal of Law and Economics. This means doctors guilty of frequent […]

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Defensive Medicine Makes Us All Sitting Ducks

Defensive Medicine Quackery “Defensive medicine” is the term applied to medical tests and procedures ordered by many physicians in order to protect themselves in the event of a malpractice claim filed by or on behalf of their patients.   These tests and procedures are often not necessary and can lead to further testing and invasive […]

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If Only Obamacare Empowered Patients

What If Obamacare Really Did Something About  Patient Education & Empowerment? The patient-oriented elements of Obamacare have largely to do with free screenings that are often double-edged swords – likely to promote as much unnecessary treatment as true life-saving interventions. What Obamacare doesn’t sufficiently address – and what true healthcare reform requires – is the […]

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America’s Doctors Need to Look in the Mirror

Doctor, Doctor, Mr. M.D. – What’s Ailing Thee? Doctors in America generally perceive themselves as victims. They’re victims of overly-aggressive lawyers and a litigious culture, of insurance company rules and restraints on their practice of medicine, of government intrusion and non-compliant patients. “Woe is me” is their implicit mantra. This is borne out by a […]

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It’s Time for Patients to Practice Some Defensive Medicine

Defensive Medicine Should Protect YOU, Not Your Doctors  Defensive medicine is the term used to describe physician practices intended to protect them from medical malpractice lawsuits. Examples include ordering CT scans and other diagnostic tests that are often unnecessary, as well as invasive procedures and hospitalizations that may put their patients in harm’s way. One […]

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Medical Errors Start With Misdiagnoses

Medical Errors of Diagnosis Harm More Than Treatment Mistakes Another report on medical errors in America’s healthcare system cautions that these early-stage medical errors account for more medical harm – both preventable deaths and disability – than treatment errors. In this study, Johns Hopkins researchers reviewed 25 years of medical errors – reflected in medical malpractice payouts […]

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Is Patient Safety an Oxymoron?

A Cacophony of Crappy Patient Safety News This week finds us with a cacophany of crappy patient safety news – a discordant blend of medical neglect, indifference, and ineptitude that should shake the faith of the most determined pollyannas among us. Let’s dig right in… A recent report from the Joint Commission that accredits America’s […]

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Medical Malpractice – What Obamacare Misses

Capping Damages Isn’t Reform Medical malpractice in America remains a thorny and contentious issue, made no less so by its virtual exclusion from the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) governing healthcare reform in America. Which is why I was glad to see the former head of President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget, Peter […]

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