Effects Of Medical Malpractice

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The Effects of Malpractice in the Healthcare Field in Today’s Society. “The real costs of medical malpractice have little to do with litigation but the lost lives, extra medical expenses, time out of work, and pain and suffering of tens of thousands of people every year” (Baker 1). The effects of malpractice in the health care field are a major issue in today’s society. Working on a more profitable and safe way to ensure the prevention of malpractice is what should be worked on to promote a safe and comfortable environment for the people. There are many errors that malpractice portrays in the healthcare field such handling medical situations: informed consent, foreign objects, and operating on the wrong body part. Also with these mistakes come major lawsuits against the healthcare system and liability on the doctors become crueler. Many of the doctors are leaving and that remain practice in fear and silence. Making sure that the healthcare professionals are fit to do the job is what needs to be accomplished in order to have a structure and effective healthcare system. What is malpractice? “Malpractice is any professional misconduct, unreasonable lack of skill of fidelity in professional duties, or illegal or immoral conduct” (Saunders 737). “Malpractice is one form of negligence which in legal terms can be defined as the omission to do something that a reasonable person; guided by those ordinary considerations which ordinarily regulate human affairs or the doing of something that reasonable and prudent person would not do “(Saunders 738). In medical and nursing practice malpractice means bad, wrong, or injudicious treatment of a patient; it results in injury, unnecessary suffering, or death to the patient. Hospital Errors. “Failur... ... middle of paper ... ...bs/md/hopkins-levy-legal-action 20130222_1_johns-hopkins-hopkins_officials_levy. Joyce, Sherman. "Medical Malpractice Litigation." Gerdes, Louise. Medicine. Detroit: Christine Nasso, 2008. 36-44. Levy, Paul. "Sunday Dialogue: Handling Medical Errors." The New York Times. 14 Oct 2013: 1-3 Medical News Today. 19 Jul.2013. MediLexicon International Ltd. 24Mar.2014. Suransky, Sasha. "Medical Malprctice Reform Will Not Improve." Gerdes, Louise. Medicine. Detroit: Christine Nasso, 2008. 45-52. Walker, Andrea. "Doctors leaving foreign objects in patients." The Baltimore Sun. 28 Dec. 2012: 1
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