A less opaque, publicly-run medical malpractice system could save millions

Shifting the business of medical error oversight from the current medical private malpractice insurance system to a public system where patients are compensated for injuries could improve patient safety and save hospitals millions of dollars, according to the investigative journalism organization ProPublica. That's based on a comparison between the current U.S. system of handling malpractice claims and how countries such as New Zealand and Denmark handle claims. Along with compensating payments, such systems also work to keep patients in the loop regarding the hospital's level of fault, which tends to engender more trust in such institutions moving forward. "The most important thing in patient safety is to talk about it,"  Ole Hamberg, M.D., the head liver specialist at Rigshospitalet, Denmark's national hospital, told ProPublica. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare

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