Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Opinion: Focus on Patient Safety to Reduce Malpractice Cases

Mary Alice McLarty, president of the American Association for Justice, wrote in a CNN op-ed that "preventable medical errors are the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and cost our country $29 billion a year," adding that while medical malpractice lawsuits are a symptom of the problem, the root of the problem is medical malpractice itself. Writing that "the civil justice system gives families of patients who have died or have been injured by medical negligence an avenue to seek accountability," McLarty argues that proposals for medical malpractice reform are misguided because they only strip away patients' rights and remove accountability. She argues that the most effective way to address the medical malpractice crisis is to focus on patient safety efforts.


Eleanor Knowles said...

It is very important that medical practitioners, professionals, nurses etc. must have an in depth knowledge in engaging an operation for a certain patient. The patient safety must always be practice every time. If this is not met and something happen to the patient, a personal injury claims can be filed by the patient against the attending nurse or doctor..

demony granger said...