Medical Malpractice Archives

Surgical Tool Unleashes Cancer on Women

Its called a power morcellator.  And its a surgical tool used in many hysterectomies going back to the 1990's.  it can make the surgery easier for both the doctor and the patient.  But the power morcellator appears to have a fatal flaw:  it can seed and spread cancer.  Very rapidly and very aggressively.

Debunking Medical Malpractice Myths

A new article in the business magazine Forbes debunks the notion that tort reform has led to fewer lawsuits against doctors, done anything to lower doctors' malpractice insurance premiums and most importantly, has contributed at all to patient safety.

Firemen do it. Football players do it. Shouldn't doctors do it, too?

Studies show at least one of every 10 doctors abuse drugs or alcohol during their careers.  Pilots, bus drivers, police officers and other people in safety-sensitive jobs are drug tested. Even Disney cast members are drug tested.  Shouldn't the doctor performing your open heart surgery be drug tested, too?

Medical Malpractice Payments Not Behind Soaring Medical Costs

If you are looking for what is behind rising health care costs, the answer is NOT to be found in medical malpractice lawsuits.  A new study by Public Citizen shows no correlation between medical malpractice payments and health care costs.  Since 2003, both the frequency of medical malpractice payments on behalf of doctors and the amount of money paid out have fallen every single year, according to the government's National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), which tracks such payments.

Six Common Surgeries Often Done Unnecessarily

USA Today is reporting that there are at least six surgeries commonly done in this country that often do not need to be done.  Using federal data and independent studies, the newspaper concluded there are six surgeries that carry significant risks of being done without medical necessity. 

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