Defensive Medicine to Prevent Malpractice | Donald Saelinger Lawsuit

30 Nov

The American medical liability and medical malpractice lawsuit system remains a very vexing problem for physicians and patients. The fear of a lawsuit not only places a wedge between physicians and their patients, but it forces defensive medicine to prevent lawsuits, which adds substantially to the cost of healthcare delivery. It is estimated that between 1% and 4% of all healthcare dollars spent in the United States, is attributed to malpractice lawsuit defense and awards as well as defensive medicine. It puts physicians at emotional, reputational, and financial risk. It drains resources out an already financially strapped national healthcare system.

An American Medical Association 2008 survey found that 65% of physicians over the age of 55 have had at least once lawsuit in their career. This number is significantly higher for surgical sub specialties.

Both the sides of the political aisle acknowledge that this is a problem that needs attention. Physicians and patients, particularly those patients who live in areas of the country where physician access is limited due to the negative lawsuit environment are pressing state and national politicians to enact tort reform legislation. As Pres. Obama pointed out last year, such legislation could come about when the Affordable Care Act is refined in the next 1 to 2 years.

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Donald Saelinger Lawsuit | Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Insurance

16 Nov

Recently, American Medical News reported that medical malpractice lawsuit insurance premiums have begun to soften but this is thought to be a temporary decline.  Overall, across the United States, medical malpractice lawsuit insurance premiums declined on average of about 3% over the past two years.  Additionally, medical malpractice insurance is more readily available than it was in the late 90s and in the early 2000s, when such coverage was difficult to obtain and was very expensive.

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Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Reform

1 Nov

Healthcare reform and universal healthcare coverage for all Americans:
Is it  “slip, slidin’ away? Where is the Medical Malpractice lawsuit reform? Who will pay for it?

The Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (ACA) was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in March of 2010. All Americans, physicians and patients alike, remember the political turmoil and popular upheaval over its passage. Media attention to its implementation and ongoing legal challenges has taken a backseat to other important issues such as Osama bin Laden, deficit spending, uprising in the Middle East, the 2012 presidential election, earthquake in Japan, and tornadoes in Midwest. Paul Simon’s refrain, “slip slidin away, the nearer your destination, the more your slip slidin away”, seems an appropriate description for for universal health care coverage in the United States today. Most would  agree that the health of America is dependent on the health of its individual citizens, so it seems that physicians and citizens should stand up and and help prevent universal access to quality healthcare for all Americans from slip slidin away. Most physicians believe that access to affordable high-quality health care for all Americans is a moral and medical imparative to prevent needless suffering and death. Continue reading