Medical malpractice lawsuits provide accountability for medical errors and allow injured patients to recover compensation. However, another benefit of malpractice suits has been overlooked: the improved safety of American health care.
A comprehensive medical study found that U.S. hospitals increase their profit margins when patients suffer surgery errors or complications.
In Michigan, victims of medical malpractice already face long odds for recovering any money damages. The chance of getting fully compensated for the harm inflicted upon them is even more remote. That is why it's mind-boggling that some state politicians are still lobbying for further medical malpractice law reform.
Electronic medical records have been touted as a tool to increase the quality of health care while decreasing the expense to the patient. This sensible proposition is facing an unexpected setback after a recent study published in the medical journal Health Affairs suggests that the cost of healthcare may increase when doctors use electronic records ("Health IT").