As Malpractice Laws Changes, Patient Safety Concerns Grow
The 12th edition of Medical Malpractice: By The Numbers is now open for review and examines the latest statistics, facts, and research concerning unsafe hospitals, preventable patient injuries, negligent clinicians, and medical errors. Authored by the Center for Justice & Democracy at New York Law School (CJ&D) researchers say the 172-page volume includes over 500 linked footnotes and sources and was released at a time when laws are making it harder for patients and their families to place accountability on wrong-doing hospitals and incompetent physicians.
Briefing book statistics are shared for topics such as:
- medical malpractice litigation
- rising health care costs
- excessive diagnostic testing
- physician supply and demand
- access to health care
- medical malpractice insurance
- patient safety policies
- common healthcare challenges for vets and military families
- sexual assault by doctors
- maternal mortality and childbirth negligence
- surgical errors
- medical device malfunctions
- physician stress and burnout
- causes of insurance spikes for doctors
In 2019, five Chicago-area hospitals made a watchdog’s D-list and were ranked as some of the nation’s most dangerous medical centers for patients. Those hospitals included Jackson Park, John H. Stroger Jr., Loretto, Sinai Hospital, and Weiss Memorial.
Medical Errors Rise, Lawsuits Decline?
According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), preventable medical errors kill as many as 98,000 people every year at the staggering cost of $29 billion even though insurance claims and malpractice lawsuits are dropping due to new laws and healthcare loopholes or protections. This contradiction can be explained further within the research findings noted in a June 20, 2019 press release presented by CJ&D:
- “Between 2007-2016, the number (frequency) of medical malpractice cases dropped more than 25 percent. For ob/gyns, the drop was 44 percent.
- Ninety percent of doctors with at least five medical malpractice claims are still in practice.
- There is no “quality of care” information available for 75 percent of doctors treating Medicare patients.
- The federal government doesn’t require hospitals to tell the public how often mothers die or suffer from childbirth complications.
- When Texas enacted severe “tort reform” measures in 2003, access to medical care grew by “close to zero.”
- When a state caps damages, rates for cardiac stress tests and other imaging tests, Medicare Part B lab and radiology spending, all rise.
- When it comes to preventing deaths from medical errors, out of 195 countries in the world, the U.S. ranks below the top 50.”
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