MORE MEDICAL ERRORS AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

What do more medical mistakes have to do with the U.S. House of Representatives? The answer: more than you could ever imagine.

Let me explain. There is currently before the House of Representatives a bill called the “Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare”(HEALTH) Act of 2011.’’ Under this bill, the costs of medical mistakes would shift to injured patients, their families and taxpayer-funded health and disability programs.

And how are acts of medical negligence trending? How about a recent study which reveals that one out of every three hospital patients is sickened, injured, killed or otherwise harmed because of a medical error. That is Not a very good trend. The report, published in April edition of Health Affairs concludes:

Despite more than a decade of national focus on patient safety, medical errors and other adverse events occur in one-third of hospital admissions–as much as ten times more than some previous estimates have indicated…

My Take: Why would Congress want to push the costs of medical errors onto the very victims of medical negligence? Maybe doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies give more money to their re-election campaigns than those who are the victims of medical malpractice!

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Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.