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Financial Incentives for Medical Malpractice?

By Ryan Springer • April 17, 2013 • Filed in: Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Myths

medicalbills An interesting study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that hospitals benefit financially from medical errors.

If you think about it, it makes sense.  If a doctor or nurse provides negligent medical care that results in greater harm to the patient, the patient will have to stay longer, undergo additional procedures, and maybe even extra surgeries.  All of these cost money, and the patient is expected to pay for the medical errors.

This is concerning, because there is actually a financial incentive for health care providers to commit medical malpractice.  Thanks to tort reform efforts that cap damages and immunize certain providers from ever being sued, there are fewer and fewer ways to hold negligent doctors and nurses accountable for their mistakes.  Without such accountability, and where profits actually go up along with the number of mistakes, patients are the ones left paying the price for negligence–both in terms of their physical injuries, as well as their pocketbooks.

medical-bills21Thankfully, there are still options if you’ve been injured by medical malpractice.  A qualified, experienced Utah medical malpractice attorney can help you recover the additional costs and expenses associated with negligent medical care.  You probably won’t make the kind of multi-million dollar profits that hospitals and health care corporations make, but you can at least get the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your medical bills will be paid by the insurance carrier for ones who made the mistakes in the first place.



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