Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-2009

Keywords

(General interest); (News, opinion and commentary); (Medical malpractice); (Medical errors); (Health care costs); (Medical personnel); (Medical personnel - Malpractice); (Medical care, Cost of)

Abstract

Tort reform--legislation that aims to reduce medical malpractice suits --will not cut medical costs and improve health care unless the government addresses the proliferation of unnecessary medical errors that victimize hundreds of thousands of patients every year.

Yearby's research considers how laws enacted to grant equal access to quality health care actually can pose barriers to the disenfranchised, and she is critical of health care reform efforts that do not address the far-reaching problem of medical errors. Finding ways to curb what she calls the "alarming rate of these medical errors," not only will reduce medical malpractice suits, but save lives and prevent the misery of innocent victims, she asserts.

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