Finding the Best Healthcare for your Family

Finding the Best Healthcare for your Family

Nov 15

When you are considering a place to settle down, one factor that rarely comes up is how good are the doctors and the hospitals. There is an assumption that no matter where you go, doctors and hospitals will be universally good, and the care you receive will be excellent. This is, of course, not the case. Just as with everything in life, results vary by individuals and by regions. The goal of this article is to point out one issue and to show the controversy over the numbers, not to necessarily malign either doctors or states.

All that being said, how can we know where we can receive the best healthcare? There are the hospitals known by reputation, of course, and recommendations (either from people we know or online) that might steer us in the right direction. But what about medical malpractice suits? Where do we find the most suits and what does that tell us about the care available there?

The first question is easier to answer than the second. The state with the most malpractice suits per 100,000 people is Louisiana, which comes out way ahead of the competitors with 44.1. The next closest state is Oklahoma with 36.3, then Delaware with 35.2. On the other end of the spectrum, you find that Hawaii has the fewest cases with just 4.9, followed by North Carolina with 10 and Georgia with 11.3.

Now, what does this tell us about the health care in each state? It appears that it tells us very little. There’s little connection between the states on either end in terms of region, political ideology, or tort reform.

The last link makes the likely claim that there’s more in the “state culture” than in the state law or medical system that leads to the number of medical malpractice lawsuits.

That doesn’t mean more research shouldn’t be done to see where these results are more deserved and where less so. This remains an important question not just for those who are thinking of moving but for the entire medical community, who should always be looking to improve results.

Medical malpractice can be a very controversial and political issue, but one point is incontestable: accidents are unavoidable in the medical world, but also tragic, with sometimes the most innocent suffering for it. The more we can do to isolate what different regions are doing right and doing wrong, the better the results can be for everyone. That means more lives saved, better treatment for all, and lower insurance costs for hospitals and doctors.

The fact that the necessary information is hard to get does not mean we should be discouraged from searching for it. With such massive disparities between states, there surely must be something to learn from them.

Medical Malpractice: The Importance of Informed Consent

Medical Malpractice: The Importance of Informed Consent

Feb 18

It is not surprising that the vast majority of society respects and adores physicians. The word itself conjures an image of an altruistic individual. They endured the rigorous hours of medical school, and they withstand long work hours and diminished sleep all for the safety and well-being of others. Still, despite their selfless character and expansive knowledge, physicians, like all humans, are flawed. They are capable of making mistakes; sadly, these blunders may come at the expense of an individual’s life. According to Mazin & Associates, medical malpractice can manifest in a variety of ways such as delayed or improper treatment, surgical errors, and pharmaceutical errors. The vast majority of individuals are aware of these common medical malpractices, however, lesser-known negligence demand the same level of attention. An example of a less common type of malpractice involves a physician’s failure to obtain informed consent.

Informed consent involves the provision of information regarding the patient’s medical condition, risks and side effects of the proposed treatment as well as the success rate involved in medical intervention. In the event that medical jargon prevents understanding of the information, it is the obligation of the physician to ensure the patient fully comprehends. This consent ensures that patients are capable of making the conscious decision of either accepting or refusing treatment. According to U.S. National Library of Medicine, in the event that the patient is no longer capable of making an informed decision, medical doctors can waive the right to an informed consent. Examples of when consent is no longer needed include but are not limited to severe mental health condition, risk to public health i.e. Tuberculosis, or serious and life-threatening illnesses, In all other cases, physicians must receive the informed consent of the patient prior to any medical interventions or be subject to medical litigations based on negligence.