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Isn't It Time That The Impact on Patients Be the Major Concern?

When exactly did we cross the threshold where we became more concerned about the financial impact on hospitals and doctors than on the health, and sometimes, actual lives of patients?

Why do commentaries, such as this one, which call out the shame of not righting this wrong in New York state, still include an argument that expanding laws allowing malpractice claims are likely to only result in a minimal increase in actual claims?

To give the author's credit, they make many of the right points:

  • Hospitals and doctors are doing a poor job of policing themselves, so malpractice laws that support patients are needed
  • Hospitals should do a better job of focusing on patient safety
  • Patients should not be limited to what they can collect 
  • Don't make it more difficult for patients to even get their case heard
  • Hold top hospital administrators accountable for negligence in their facilities
  • And, their final statement, " But as long as hospitals and doctors block legislation and fight regulation, patients will remain in peril."

I just feel that they should have left the financial discussion out because, by putting it in, they unintentionally support the flawed argument of the hospital and physician lobby that blocked "Laven's Law" from passing in New York. This is a moral issue, not a financial one.

Cristie Upshaw Travis, CEO, Memphis Business Group on Health

Posted by Cristie Travis at 10:12 AM

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