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Unformatted text preview: 3. Volatility Institute of Medicine: To Err is Human At least 44,000 people, and perhaps as many as 98,000 people, die in hospitals each year as a result of preventable medical errors / injuries Malpractice or inevitable? Patients health status, biological factors, genetics confound issue Tort System Burden of proof is on the individual must access medical records, interpret, + make a case Contrast to the criminal system: Burden of proof is on society Republicans want to limit the reach of tort reform Appeal to organized medicine (AMAs top policy priority) Hurt trial lawyers (and thus Democrats)...
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- Spring '08