Only 1 in 5 malpractice claims against doctors results in the injured victim getting a settlement, according to a study recently published by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. The study went on to say that each year, 1 in 14 doctors is the target of a claim. The most commonly sued doctors are neurosurgeons … Read moreHarvard Study Finds only 1 in 5 Med Mal Cases Pay
CNN recently came up with an article on what patients do to sabatoge their own health care while at the doctor’s office. Among the worst: –Talking on the cell phone. –Not being truthful with your doctor. –Not telling your doctor why you’re there. –Not knowing what medications you’re taking. –Being afraid to question the doctor.
Stop by your CVS pharmacy for a free copy of Health and Fitness Digest, which contains a couple of articles on medical malpractice and assisted living facilities written by Kip Sinclair.
Lately, I’ve been getting numerous calls about a local ER–usually with them mis-diagnosing a life-threatening condition and sending the patient home. If you feel like it’s an emergency situation, ask to see another doctor or another nurse in the ER. MAKE them listen to you. Here’s a sobering article about this situation: http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/01/13/emergency.room.ep/index.html?hpt=C2 Copy and … Read moreEmergency Room Blunders
Here’s an article about a tragic hospitalization. The takeaway from this is that there are some things we can do when a loved one is in the hospital that can cut down the chances of infection. Hospitals are supposed to heal, not kill. See this article: http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/01/06/child.hospital.ep/index.html
This month’s Reader’s Digest has an enlightening article about doctors confessing their mistakes. From my experience, doctors don’t usually confess their mistakes even when confronted by them. Nonetheless, this article gives some good insight on what can and does go wrong in medicine. http://www.rd.com/living-healthy/doctors-confess-their-fatal-mistakes/article185422.html