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Medical Malpractice

The Doctor Made a Huge Mistake

Amy Parmenter | Posted 03.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Parmenter

I got my mom back. But, just as easily, I might not have.

After Recent Revelations, Hospitals Must Finally Become Safety-First Environments

Pearl Korn | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

For decades, and through one administration after another, the lack of safety in our healthcare system has gone un-addressed, placing us at greater and greater risk.

Nursing Angels and an Update to 'Its a Wonderful Life'

Don McNay | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Don McNay

I've spent my life chasing fame and glory, trying to achieve great things. I've never been one to stop and smell the roses. This forced me to. I've been stunned by the outpouring of love, prayers and support.

Med Mal Caps Hurt Patients

Shirley Svorny | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Shirley Svorny

Placing caps would reduce malpractice insurers' incentives to oversee physician practice patterns and reduce incentives to manage risk in our health care system, and make health care that much riskier for all of us.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly About Secret Settlement Agreements

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

No matter how these claims play out on the political stage, the practice of hiding wrongdoing through the avenue of non-disclosure settlements agreements is worthy of further consideration.

Woman Sent To Morgue ... While Still Living

Posted 11.27.2011 | Healthy Living

When a nurse and doctor in Brazil found Rosa Celestrino de Assis, a woman who was in the hospital for pneumonia, without vital signs, they pronounced ...

Rick Perry's Snake Oil Cure for Our Sick Health Care System

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

In his quest to win the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is perpetuating a convincing hoax: that implementing Texas-style tort reform would go a long way toward curing what ails the U.S. health care system.

Hospital Files $9.2 Million Claim Against Deceased Woman's Estate

AP | Posted 09.26.2011 | Business

TAMPA, Florida (AP) - Tampa General Hospital has filed a $9.2 million claim against the estate of a woman who died after spending five years in the ho...

Lawsuit: Hospital's Accidental Sodium Overdose Killed Six-Week-Old Baby

Posted 06.06.2011 | Chicago

Born last September, baby Genesis Burkett was born into a struggle. He was very premature, delivered at 24 weeks and weighing just one pound, eight ou...

Lone-Star State 'Reform' a Texas-Sized Distortion

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home
Wendell Potter

When Republicans talk about how health care should be reformed, they typically mention malpractice reform, citing Texas as a role model. But a closer look at Texas raises doubts its claimed benefits.

Medical Malpractice: The Rights of the Harmed

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

The ability to bring your grievances to a jury of your peers faces a very real challenge, as corporations and politicians seek to take away this critical right.

Class Warfare III -- Losing Your Right to Fight Back

Larry Beinhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Larry Beinhart

Litigation seems to be a particularly American disease. Why? We don't believe in collective responsibility and collective solutions.

Our Unsafe Healthcare System Is The Issue, Not Caps on Tort Settlements

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

A little-noticed proposal in the President's budget managed to squeak by without a ripple in the media, or comment from savvy political pundits and progressive activists.

NY Hospital Execs Try to Change Medicaid Rules Behind Closed Doors

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joanne Doroshow

Whatever has been going on behind the closed doors of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Medicaid Redesign Team, loaded with self-dealing lobbyists and hospital ...

A Medical Liability Reform That Will Actually Work

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

H.R. 5 imposes cruel measures on the backs of the innocent and injured. How could so many doctors be sued, when almost no one sues and those who do are not suing frivolously?

State of the Onion--Some Skeptical Observations

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Baker

Obama and Congress paid tribute to Gabby Giffords, on the mend from the massacre in Tucson -- but Obama said not a word about the explosion of guns into nearly every corner of the land

Corporations and the State of the Union

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Weissman

The president's SOTU had good broad themes, but there were many sources of concern in the speech as well. In too many cases, there was a disconnect between those positive themes and troubling policy proposals.

It's Time to Call Their Bluff: "Defensive Medicine" Is a Fraud

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Even when you remove litigation as a factor, the extent of tests and procedures that are ordered do not change. Enacting "tort reform" will continue to fail as a solution to this country's health care problems.

A Formula for Failure

Michael Bendetson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Bendetson

The Great Recession has exposed a major flaw in the American economy beyond risky derivatives: an intellectual elite that now seeks success at the expense of our society -- instead of through it.

My Doctor Says I'm Not Dead But I Want a Second Opinion

Mark Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

When I was growing up, my family relied upon a stable of health care professionals whose idiosyncrasies remain seared into my memory.

Doctors Don't Need Tort "Reform" -- They Need a Shrink

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Patients need competent physicians; doctors need medication, psychotherapy, or both; and, politicians need to focus on reducing medical malpractice. This is the only acceptable way to reduce deaths, injuries, claims and lawsuits.

US Health Care Reform, As Seen From the Trenches (Part 2 of a 6 Part Series)

S.I. Adam, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
S.I. Adam, M.D.

Medical-legal reform received only lip-service during the Federal health care legislative process in the spring of 2010 -- drastically disregarded as fundamental contributors to high health care costs.

Wall Street Betting On Malpractice, Divorce Lawsuits

Center For Public Integrity / The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

By Binyamin Appelbaum and Ben Hallman Binyamin Appelbaum is a reporter with The New York Times; Ben Hallman is a reporter for the Center for Public I...

Here's Really Why Your Insurance Rates Go Up - and Then Don't

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Joanne Doroshow

Please bookmark this post and come back to it in a year or so. I say this because our collective memory, and especially that of mainstream news organ...

Peter Orszag's Truly Bad Medical Malpractice Prescription

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Today's New York Times carries a column by recently-resigned budget director Peter Orszag, which begins with Orszag complaining that the health insura...