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Catherine X Annotated Bibliography Due: March 4, 2010 Term Topic Question: Should Pennsylvania place a cap on medical malpractice non economic damages? Bykofsky, Stu. "Bad blood between comedian & hospital after loss of hand." Philadelphia Daily News (PA) 17 July 2008, Final ed., sec. Local: 11. Temple Library Database . Web. 27 Feb. 2009. This is a news article about comedian, Dolly Garber who was a victim of medical malpractice and lost her hand due to negligence of a hospital. This site was found using the Temple Library Database. Dolly was extremely allergic to Heparin, which is a blood thinner. This is the same drug which also almost killed Dennis Quaid’s two infants due to an overdose. It was listed on all of Dolly’s charts that she was allergic to this medicine. During a stay in the hospital a nurse tried to give her a dose. Dolly had to physically push her away to keep her from injecting it. During her next stay in the hospital, a sign was put above her bed stating not to give her Heparin. While Dolly slept, she was given the drug causing a serious infection. This infection eventually led to the need to remove her hand. Case, Pamela. "Tracy Press - Town Crier The pros and cons of medical malpractice reform." Tracy Press - News, events, classifieds and businesses in Tracy, Calif. . Tracy Press, 5 Sept. 2009. Web. 1 Mar. 2010. <http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story/push?article- Town+Crier-+The+pros+and+cons+of+medical+malpractice+reform%20&id=3608214- Town+Crier- +The+pros+and+cons+of+medical+malpractice+reform&instance=home_our_town>. This site is an article written by a paralegal regarding President Obama’s healthcare reform. It is explained where some of the costs may be coming from such as defensive medicine and insurance premiums. This site was found using Google. It is mentioned in this article that defensive medicine is adding to the unnecessary costs. Those opposed to the healthcare reform say that malpractice reform could bring costs under control. Since 1976 there has been a cap on noneconomic losses set at $250,000. This amount has not change since it was first enacted. It has not been adjusted for inflation. The states have the choice to use this cap. The Congressional Budget Office has stated that although malpractice reform has the potential to lower insurance premiums, it will have little effect on medical costs. Defensive medicine drives up medical costs about 10% The reform would take control away from state governments and place us all in the hands of a few people in Washington, D.C.
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Cohen, Henry. "Medical Malpractice Liability reform." CRS Report for Congress . The Library of Congress, 8 Feb. 2005. Web. 1 Mar. 2010. <www.law.umaryland.edu/marshall/crsreports/crsdocuments/RL3169202082005.pdf>. This site addresses the medical malpractice reform. It explains particular tort reforms which could be enacted and the pros and cons of placing caps on both noneconomic damages and punitive damages.
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