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It is Time to Tell Congress to Improve Patient Safety

Victims of medical malpractice traveled to Washington, D.C. to ask their members of Congress to oppose proposals that would limit patients’ legal rights in the health care reform legislation. One victim whose medical treatment for kidney stones led to a lengthy stay in a hospital’s intensive care unit discussed the amputation of both her hands and legs below the knee. She told her story of preventable medical error to Congress. Another victim was denied an $800 CAT scan and ended up blind and brain-damaged. He was a victim once again to reduced damages from medical malpractice caps. Their stories showed that notion of frivolous lawsuits should not dictate health care reform. According to the Institute of Medicine, about 98.000 Americans die each year from preventable medical errors. That is why it is important to tell Congress that they need to consider patient’s rights in health care reform. To read more about the meeting in Washington, please click the link.