History of Common Malpractice Errors May Be Unknown to Patients
A recent investigation led by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, USA Today and MedPage Today found that even when surrendering a medical license because of unprofessional conduct such as sexual assault, medical malpractice or prescription abuse, physicians simply leave their bad history in one state and move their practice to another while continuing to make deadly mistakes as risky medical experts. Equally disturbing is that if a physician voluntarily surrenders his license, the public may not ever be able to access or gain knowledge about why the surrender occurred. Although the National Practitioner Data Bank has more than 1.3 million records of “adverse actions” going back to 1990, files can only be accessed by hospitals, insurers, and state medical boards. Individual states can file a complaint, but only if prompted to inquire of a physician offender’s harmful patient history.
Additional investigative findings published in December 2018 from the news organizations included:
- More than 500 physicians who had been disciplined in one state yet still were able to practice elsewhere with a clean license.
- The FDA sent 73 warning letters to physicians alleging serious patient safety concerns, though only one had been disciplined by a state board.
- 216 physicians collected a total of $26 million from federal taxpayers through Medicare despite losing a license or being excluded from state-paid health care rolls.
The investigation also revealed that more than 250 physicians who surrendered a medical license were able to practice freely in another state, putting new patients at risk of their hazardous mishaps.
Medical Errors Are the Third-Leading Cause of Death
John Hopkins claims more than 250,000 people in the U.S. die every year from medical errors and other reports published in the Institute of Medicine
claim the numbers to be as high as 440,000 making the collection of these common medical errors the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.
- Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
- Childbirth Injuries
- Negligent Prenatal and Postnatal Care
- Medication and Prescription Errors
- Anesthesia Errors
- Medical History Complications
- Lack of Risk Information and Medication Instructions
- Surgery and Operation Room Errors
Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis account for the largest percentage of medical malpractice complaints.
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