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  •  And the corollary is that (1+ / 0-)
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    medical malpractice suits as currently practiced are more about a bad outcome than about the severity of the error.

    Better to have a system where people's care is 100% paid regardless of fault and then mistakes can be dealt with by disciplinary commissions of doctors than our current system, where someone with a bad outcome has to hope that someone can be found at fault to pay for the care they need but can't afford.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Sat May 14, 2011 at 10:31:44 AM PDT

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      Why should a doctor (or hospital's etc) sloppy care be encouraged? That leads to more sloppy care.

      What if someone's life is ruined because of the mistakes? What if a whole family suffers and has high expenses for things not designated medical or health care?

      The tale of woe described above is short of a lot of pertinent detail but it sounds like at least one thing that went wrong was a massive horrible hospital acquired infection. Most hospital acquired infections are preventable. It is sloppiness within the health care system that allows those infections to kill and torment patients.

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      by samddobermann on Sat May 14, 2011 at 03:13:52 PM PDT

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      •  Lawsuits don't solve those problems (0+ / 0-)

        Lawsuits are expensive and thus they're only pursued when damages are high. Many horrible errors are made that are never corrected, not by torts and not administratively. Many families have expenses that are high because of mistakes but not high enough to get an attorney - and it happens regardless of cause. That is, a minor or barely mistake can cause high expenses just as a major one can.

        When you're in the throes of a medical crisis, the last thing you want to do is take on a lawsuit, anyway.

        Single payer eliminates medical damages: the person gets the care she needs to recover regardless of fault or cause. This is a good thing. The person will be made as medically whole as possible, no questions asked, no need to find anyone at fault. Sometimes no one is.

        If there are high non-medical expenses, lawsuits could still be an option.

        Then, separately, medical boards at the local level can investigate the incident and take corrective action if need be. It might be that a doctor needs a reprimand or some remedial training. It might be that a procedure needs to be changed. It might be that someone needs to lose a license.

        Under the current scenario, if you sue, any winnings you get are first claimed by your lawyer and then by your health insurance company. Very few people have damages high enough to exceed these two takes, and then they obviously still end up with less cash than their actual total damages.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Sun May 15, 2011 at 09:05:56 AM PDT

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