Med Mal Crisis is about Patient Safety, Not Lawsuits
In the NY Sun today, Arthur Levin of the Center for Medical Consumers is quoted: "The real medical malpractice crisis is that the state hasn't cracked down on dangerous doctors... the focus has to be on consumer safety."
A coalition has been formed to respond to this need for a shift in focus. The coalition works on advocacy efforts geared toward reducing medical errors, addressing failures in the disciplinary system for physicians accused of malpractice, and protecting patients' rights after they've been injured. According to Newsday:
A coalition of nine advocacy groups, CURE-NY, called yesterday for the state to crack down on doctors who are causing most medical errors and a majority of malpractice payments. Finkelstein, who has had 10 malpractice settlements, is among only 127 of the state's 70,000 physicians with a similar malpractice history, according to Public Citizen.
Timely response to an urgent need--in today's NY Times we learn that yet another one of Dr. Finkelstein's patients has been diagnosed with Hepatitis B. Finkelstein is an anesthesiologist accused of reusing syringes, and the 628 patients who've been to him have been urged to be tested for Hepatitis and HIV.