Econ. Recitation Notes

Econ. Recitation Notes - 3. Volatility Institute of...

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Tenth Recitation 4.18 Medical Malpractice Epidemic of Malpractice? Or Epidemic of Malpractice Lawsuits? ☼ Public perception is skewed towards epidemic of malpractice lawsuits (psychological, risk-averse component) Element of the medical malpractice myth: Patients sue “at the drop of a hat” In actuality, many patients sue to obtain access to case + quality-of-care information → Do not make effective / sufficient use of hospital’s “voluntary complaint procedures” (Baker, p. 84) Problems with Malpractice Insurance: 1. Access Doctors might abandon high-risk fields / specialties, high-risk locations? 2. Unequal Burden Analogous to health insurance experience-rating (insurance risk V. medical need)
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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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