In The News:
“OUR medical liability system needs reform. But anyone who thinks that limiting liability would reduce health care costs is fooling himself.”
Brian Williams investigated the negligence of doctors in returning proper medical results. 1 in 14 times doctors fail to share abnormal test results with patients.
In the health care debate, there is one thing we can all agree on: the importance of reducing unnecessary deaths in medicine. Medical error causes tens of thousands of deaths each year that could be prevented by known techniques and technologies.
The cancer unit at Veterans’ Hospital in Philadelphia, where Dr. Gary D. Kao implanted dozens of radioactive seeds into a patient’s healthy bladder instead of his cancerous prostate, “botched 92 of 116 cancer treatments.”
Medical Errors Cost U.S. $8.8 Billion, result in 238,337 potentially preventable deaths, according to HealthGrades Study
Patient safety incidents cost the federal Medicare program $8.8
billion and resulted in 238,337 potentially preventable deaths during 2004 through 2006, according to HealthGrades' fifth annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study.