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Tragic Insight into Medical Malpractice Reform

After Laurie Sanders lost her son to medical negligence, she vowed to ensure that a patient’s rights were always valued. Her 6-year-old went to the hospital sick for the first time in his life and died of oxygen deprivation. She took those doctors to court and endured 18 months of litigation to hold them accountable for their actions. She also had the privilege of seeing medical professionals have the courage to testify that medical negligence occurred in her son’s death. Now she is worried that “malpractice reform” is losing sight of the most important problem, medical mistake. Instead, legislators seem to be focusing on defensive medicine to decrease the number of medical malpractice lawsuits. However, the Congressional Budget Office has issued reports questioning the pervasiveness of “defensive medicine” and concluded that they will have a minimal effect on health care costs. Every year, tens of thousands of patients die because of medical errors. To improve patient safety, doctors and hospitals must be held accountable for their negligence. To read more about medical malpractice, please click the link.