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Medical Malpractice

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...

Study: Malpractice Worries Help Drive Health Costs

AP | STEPHANIE NANO | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK — A substantial number of heart doctors – about one in four – say they order medical tests that might not be needed out of ...

Tracheostomy Tubes Recalled After 3 Deaths

AP | CHRISTINE SIMMONS | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — A Massachusetts company is recalling tracheostomy tubes used to help patients on ventilators breathe after receiving reports that t...

Judge's Innovation May Offer Malpractice Fix

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — Part listening, part cajoling, an innovative approach to resolving medical malpractice cases could become a model for courts around...

Hospital Errors: Be Wary of the "July Effect"

ABC News | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Findings from a new University of California San Diego study lend credence to what is called the "July effect" -- a long-held suspicion that July is t...

America Wakes Up to the Importance of Liability and the Stupidity of "Caps"

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Teachable moments can come almost anytime, from anywhere. The recent history of corporate and professional breakdowns and mess-ups should provide a n...

Tort Reform: An Elephant In The Room

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Emerging from under the rocks in the current healthcare debate is the whisper of tort reform. The historic Health Care Reform bill contains a provisio...

Health Care Discussions: Where's My Money Going?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Al did his research before his next call. "I read that Americans spend two to six times more on health care per person than other wealthy countries b...

Time to Reform That Other Insurance Industry

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

We all depend on reasonably-priced insurance to function and I'm not talking just about heath insurance. Without affordable property-casualty insuran...

The Wrong Debate

Dr. Dennis Gottfried | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Dennis Gottfried

Suppose, instead of our being primarily concerned with paying for our overpriced, under-performing health care system, we focus on why our system is the way it is.

Medical Malpractice - The Tragic Human Price Tag of "Tort Reform"

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Lisa Gourley 's son Colin was born with severe brain damage due to a doctor's negligence. But because Nebraska has a Draconian "cap" on compensation (i.e., "tort reform"), her family never received the compensation needed.

Shriram Harid

'Tort Reform' Means Less Accountability For The Medical Profession

HuffingtonPost.com | Shriram Harid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

President Obama is widely expected to toss Republicans a bone at Thursday's health care summit, by publicly embracing what's known as "tort reform." ...

Why Shouldn't Obama Throw Injured Patients Under the Bus To Get Health Reform? Ask Steven Olsen

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

Malpractice costs are a fraction of one percent of health care costs. No honest expert believes that limiting the rights of medical malpractice casualties will have any impact on health care costs.

Medical Malpractice Survivors Speak About Against "Tort Reform"

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Victims of medical malpractice sent a letter to President Obama today, as well as to the Congressional leadership. Here's some of what they said.

Illinois Supreme Court: Malpractice Law Unconstitutional

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois Supreme Court struck down a law Thursday that capped the amount of damages that could be awarded in malpractice lawsuits, saying that it ...

This Week in Horrific Medical Negligence News

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

No offense to my GOP friends and their one big health care idea - i.e., "tort reform" -- but who wants to walk into a hospital these days knowing tha...

Does Malpractice Alter Obstetric Practice?

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

The threat of malpractice liability doesn't appear to have any impact on obstetrics, but it may frighten doctors into delivering fewer babies to reduce their cumulative risk of being sued.

Illinois Supreme Court To Rule On Medical Malpractice

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Supreme Court is announcing it will release a decision on whether the state's medical malpractice law is consti...

Calls for "Tort Reform" Desperate Distraction From Health Care Debate

Anthony Tarricone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Tarricone

There's an epidemic of medical negligence, not lawsuits. Only one in eight people injured by medical negligence ever file suit.

The Spectre Haunting GE

BusinessWeek | Jeff Gerth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Many MRI patients are injected with a GE dye to enhance images. If they have weak kidneys, they might develop a rare and sometimes fatal disease. n...

Medical Malpractice and Health Care Costs: A New Study

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

In a slight change from the usual, I'm going to take a closer look at one of the major issues on the right: The need to reform the medical malpractice system.

Medical Malpractice Tort Reform - We Are Already Suffering and Don't Need More

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Tort "reform" is a doozy of a misnomer. There is certainly nothing positive or beneficial about it.

Kids Take Care Of Mom, Lisa Strong, Who Lost Her Arms, Legs (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In the Strong family, it's the children who take care of their mother. Chloe and Jesse Strong are 10 and 11-years-old. They cook and clean. Chloe ...

Tania Solis Sues Over Botched Butt Job In Queens

nydailynews.com | By Thomas Zambito | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

A Queens woman is suing a Flushing spa, complaining she suffered disabling injuries during a procedure to augment her unflattering buttocks in June 20...

GOP Health Bill In The Works; Boehner Says Republican Bill Would Extend Insurance Coverage To "Millions"

Wall Street Journal | GREG HITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans are preparing an alternative health-care bill to Democratic legislation, House Republican Leader John Boehner said, marking a shift in str...