Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice - Medical Malpractice - part of the...

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Medical Malpractice - part of the broader aspects of quality of care, patient safety, and medical error Two purposes for tort liability - compensation, and deterrent for future negligence on the part of the physician Argument of plaintiff - gov is not protecting the people (ex: FDA), so when companies make defective products we sue to "clean up the market" --> By bringing torts against negligent doctors, in theory the dangerous doctor who's liability insurance becomes too high will be driven out of the market (and ultimately improve the quality of care) Tort liability and health care costs - some people argue that one of the reasons that health care costs are so high is because of medical malpractice --> Defensive medicine - doctors order a lot of unnecessary tests to cover their ass The costs of defensive medicine is probably large, but not likely enough to "cover insurance for the uninsured and provide medical care to the underserved" What are the real costs of defensive medicine?
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2008 for the course HPAA 310 taught by Professor Deanharris during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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