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  • Poor care at VA hospitals cost 1,000 veterans their lives, report says

    06/24/2014 6:07:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 24, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) $1B in malpractice settlements as horror stories revealed.The problems at Veterans Affairs extend well beyond long wait lists, with a report Tuesday showing the department is plagued with poor care that has cost up to 1,000 veterans their lives and left taxpayers on the hook for nearly $1 billion in malpractice settlements since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the problems detailed in the report by Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma are downright ghoulish. They include the case of a former security chief at a New York Veterans Affairs medical center whom the FBI...
  • Abortionist Injures Two Women in Botched Abortions on the Same Day

    06/12/2014 12:29:44 AM PDT · by kathsua · 2 replies ^ | 6/9/14 | Cheryl Sullenger
    An ambulance as called to the Venice Women’s Health Center in Port Charlotte, Florida, last week to transport an abortion patient to the hospital for emergency care. The patient, who was described as a Caucasian woman in her early 30′s, was removed from the abortion clinic completely covered with a blanket on June 3, 2014. Pro-life activists who witnessed the incident told Operation Rescue that one of the emergency medical technicians who responded to the abortion business’ call for emergency assistance indicated that the patient was going to be “okay.” azima“Certainly there are degrees of ‘okay’ and this doesn’t negate...
  • Whatever Happened to Medical Malpractice Reform?

    04/03/2014 9:10:03 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/03/2014 | John Merline
    President Obama might be thrilled that 7.1 million people apparently signed up for ObamaCare exchanges. But doctors have good reason to withhold their applause. Back in June 2009, Obama told a gathering of the American Medical Association that he was "looking at a range of ideas" that would stem the tide of costly medical malpractice lawsuits and "scale back the excessive defensive medicine." A few months later, he told Congress that "I've talked to enough doctors to know that defensive medicine may be contributing to unnecessary costs" and that he would borrow a page from President Bush and fund demonstration...
  • One Doctors Viral Letter Exposes the Harrowing Reality of Obamacares War Against Doctors

    03/28/2014 5:34:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    IJReview ^ | 3-28-14 | Emily Hulsey
    In an address to the House on Wednesday, Alabama Representative Mo Brooks read aloud a letter sent to him by Dr. Marlin Gill of Decatur. The letter holds nothing back while detailing the excessive costs and regulations that Dr. Gill calls Obamacares war against doctors. Here is the full text of the letter, courtesy of Rep. Brooks office: Dear Congressman Brooks, As a practicing family physician, I plead for help against what I can best characterize as Washingtons war against doctors. The medical profession has never before remotely approached todays stress, work hours, wasted costs, decreased efficiency, and declining ability...
  • A Great Way To Lower Health Care CostsIgnored

    01/27/2014 9:13:57 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/27/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    The cost of defensive medicine, those tests and procedures ordered solely to protect hospitals and physicians from medical malpractice (Med-Mal) litigation, are estimated to cost as much as $200 billion each year. Thats more than seven percent of all the money spent on health care annually. A number of Republicans triedto no availto include some aspect of tort reform in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). So did Bart Gordon (D-TN), a Blue Dog Democrat, and he also failed. In the summer of 2009, Howard Dean, a physician, onetime presidential candidate, and former chair of the Democratic National Committee, was asked...
  • Family Who Sued Kaiser After Daughters Death Fights Law That Limits Malpractice Payout

    01/16/2014 10:15:30 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 45 replies ^ | January 15, 2014 11:20 PM | Stacey Butler
    BALDWIN PARK ( A family who sued Kaiser Permanente Medical Center after the death of their 10-year-old daughter is outraged over a law that limits the payout in a malpractice suit. Dekel Zelig said his wife took their daughter, Daniela, to Kaiser in Baldwin Park after the youngster wasnt feeling well in March 2012. She was vomiting, she was nauseous, she had a fever, she didnt feel good, Zelig said. The father said the doctor sent Daniela home without monitoring her blood pressure or taking an X-ray. He said the doctor checked his daughters lungs with a stethoscope on...
  • The Obama and Christie Scandals

    01/14/2014 7:30:59 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/10/2014 | Andrew Stiles
    The GOP was accused of overreaching on the IRS; the Left wont drop the traffic scandal. Some observers were quick to compare New Jersey governor Chris Christies Bridgegate scandal to the inappropriate targeting of conservative activist group by the Obama administrations Internal Revenue Service. Both involve the abuse of power to punish political opponents, and stunned, angry, saddened executives who blamed their underlings. However, the medias reactions to the two scandals have been quite different. The New York Times, for example, ran a Room for Debate forum asking contributors to debate whether or not Christie should resign as a result...
  • Hospital Agrees to Let Family Move Jahi McMath to New Medical Facility

    01/05/2014 2:15:51 AM PST · by kathsua · 29 replies ^ | 1/04/14 | Steve Srtelt
    After a protracted legal battle, Childrens Hospital Oakland reached an agreement with Jahi Mcmaths family to allow a medical team to enter the hospital to perform the procedures necessary to move her to a medical facility that will continue her care and treatment. Her mother and family say she is alive following a tonsillectomy gone awry that has left her in an incapacitated state since early December. The family in the case says the hospital has been starving Jahi for three weeks. The San Francisco Chronicle has more details: The agreement, described in the courtroom of Alameda County Superior Court...
  • The Ten Forms of 2013 Media Malpractice

    12/31/2013 5:52:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/31/2013 | Tom Blumer
    As the year ends, I see that others have already conscientiously compiled lists of the most underreported and misreported [2] stories of the year, with some even breaking matters down between foreign [3] and domestic [4].With that task addressed, I thought it would be worthwhile to compile a far from comprehensive list of ten of the more noteworthy techniques which those who pretend to be loyal to the tenets of journalism employed during 2013 to deceive, misinform, misdirect and smear.1. Pretend that “no one” is saying something, when they really are.Carol Costello of CNN claimed in January [5] that “no...
  • Abortion Foes Would Let Women Sue Clinics Over Regulation

    12/10/2013 5:52:55 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o
    Jill Stanek ^ | December 9, 2013 | Kelli
    All the work in getting pro-life legislation passed can be lost if there are no tools for enforcing them, [AUL's Charmaine] Yoest said by e-mail. The enforcement module, for the first time, equips ordinary Americans to file a complaint, and expands the potential for people in their own communities in addition to state attorney generals or other legal office holders to hold the abortion industry accountable. A group that helped states write legislation for a record number of abortion restrictions since 2011 is expanding its toolkit with proposals to let patients and their families sue clinics to enforce...
  • Doc Who Killed Woman in Botched Abortion Injures Another Woman

    11/27/2013 9:14:32 AM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | Cheryl Sullenger
    For the third time this year, one of LeRoy Carharts abortion patients were rushed to Shady Grove Hospital (SGH) in Maryland for emergency treatment after a late-term abortion. On Tuesday at 11:45 a.m., an ambulance arrived at Germantown Reproductive Health Services and loaded a women for transport to the SGH emergency room. Sources inform Operation Rescue that the women underwent emergency surgery at the hospital. Video taken by a local pro-life activist showed a woman covered head-to-toe in a sheet and that neither Carhart nor any of his staff accompanied the injured woman from the clinic to the ambulance. On...
  • Hands Down The Most Disturbing Testimony Video From A Retired Vet Ever

    11/14/2013 11:26:13 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 30 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/15/2013
    This video is of a former Air Force Officer who had her body completely destroyed by military doctors at the VA Hospital and the story just snowballs into hell from there. This video was posted just 6 days ago and already has nearly 400,000 views on YouTube alone not to mention another 250,000 on LiveLeak. Watch this and try and make sense of it.
  • Doctors Tell Mom to Abort Brain Dead Baby, Mom Sues After Delivering Healthy Child

    09/06/2013 5:21:03 AM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    A mother in England is filing suit against a hospital where doctors told her she should have an abortion of her supposedly brain dead unborn baby. Sarah Hagan is now suing City Hospitals Sunderland after giving birth to a healthy child. Hagan says that, after a 24-week ultrasound scan of her unborn baby, doctors told her that her son Aaron was brain dead, had just one eye and no chance of survival. The mother of two says physicians adviser her to take an abortion drug, even though the mifepristone abortion pill is only authorized to be used to destroy the...
  • Preschoolers With ADHD Often Treated Incorrectly (90%)

    05/04/2013 12:51:17 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 39 replies
    Doctors usually do not follow guidelines for treating very young children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder(ADHD). In the study, about 90 percent of doctors surveyed did not strictly adhere to new guidelines recommended for treating preschoolers with ADHD, such as when to start medications, and which medications to use.
  • Calif. Entrepreneur, 24, Dies After Getting Wisdom Teeth Pulled Out

    04/03/2013 7:22:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 101 replies ^ | April 2, 2013 5:17 PM
    TEMECULA ( A young California entrepreneur died after getting his wisdom teeth pulled out at an oral surgeons office in Temecula. Marek Lapinski, 24, the vice president and part-owner of a Murrieta-based tactical equipment facility, had the routine dental procedure done on March 21. Lapinskis family said he began to cough during the surgery and went into cardiac arrest. He was immediately taken to the hospital, where he died a few days later. Natalie Lapinski, the victims sister, told reporters her brother was given at least six different sedatives, including propofol, by Dr. Steven Paul. Natalie also said Lapinskis...
  • Mother of James Holmes Says She Didnt Tell ABC Her Son Was the Killer [Updated](ABC lies AGAIN)

    07/23/2012 5:47:39 PM PDT · by madison10 · 54 replies
    New York Daily Mag ^ | July 23, 2012 | Joe Carscarelli
    During the chaotic aftermath of the Colorado shooting on Friday, a particularly chilling moment came when ABC News spoke to the mother of suspect James Holmes by phone. The network reported that the woman, reached in California, "told ABC News her son was likely the alleged culprit, saying, 'You have the right person.'" The article also said that Holmes's mother was "apparently speaking on gut instinct" when she "immediately expressed concern her son may be involved in the shooting death of at least 12 people overnight." Today, she disputed that account, claiming her quotes were misused. If true, that would...
  • 15-year-old schoolgirl died after 'doctor mistook tuberculosis for lovesickness'

    05/15/2012 2:22:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 05-14-2012 | Staff
    A 15-year-old schoolgirl died of tuberculosis after her bungling GP claimed she was 'lovesick', an inquest heard. Alina Sarag was seen by more than five doctors at four different hospitals but medics failed to detect the curable disease. Her distraught parents even called her GP more than 50 times about their daughter's ailing condition over a four-and-a-half month period before her death on January 6 last year. An inquest heard that her GP, Dr Sharad Shripadrao Pandit, accused her parents of "mollycoddling" her. Shockingly, he even claimed her symptoms were brought on because she was 'lovesick'. Her distraught father, Sultan...
  • Herzfeld & Rubin Accused of Malpractice, Breach of Trust

    05/05/2012 9:35:36 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 6 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | May 5, 2012 | Jonathan Ariel
    Herzfeld & Rubin Accused of Malpractice, Breach of TrustIs Herzfeld & Rubin denying heart patient life saving medicine?By Jonathan Ariel Israel News AgencyTel Aviv --- May 5, 2012 ... An Israeli-American citizen has accused Herzfeld & Rubin, a New York law firm of malpractice - withholding payment of life saving heart medicine, allowing an eviction to take place and willfully, maliciously abusing and defrauding a Trust Fund that Herzfeld & Rubin had authored for him in accordance with the instructions of his late father Bernard Leyden. Herzfeld & Rubin describes itself as "a full service international law firm, headquartered in...
  • Vanity: Reading Resources

    09/28/2011 3:17:23 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 90 replies · 1+ views ^ | June 1, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A special education teacher wrote to me about the abuse of Ritalin. The teacher said: My students are on Ritalin. This is a brain shrinking, top tier heavily psychotropic drug, as you know. The authorities KNOW this is their weapon for the most intelligent boys... The teacher believes this is a high-level NWO plot, which is not a road I like to go down. But the teacher got me thinking... Here are the two parts Im personally sure of: 1) The Education Establishment in this country, for 75 years, has used bogus methods (i.e., Whole Word) to teach reading....
  • Henderson doctor sues parents of patient who overdosed

    08/27/2011 6:24:43 PM PDT · by redreno · 21 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 | 2 a.m. | Marshall Allen, ProPublica
    The dramatic rise in prescription narcotics use and the subsequent increase in overdose deaths has led to a spate of lawsuits across the country targeting doctors for malpractice or running pill mills. But legal experts say the case of one family physician in Henderson stands out. Dr. Kevin Buckwalter has turned the tables, filing a lawsuit against the parents of a young woman who died from an overdose of narcotics that he prescribed.
  • UK National Health Service Dangerous for Elderly

    05/28/2011 7:23:58 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Denial of treatment for those deemed too old to invest in isnt the only hazard faced by those entrusted to the United Kingdoms National Health Service (NHS). Dehydration and starvation also take a toll. A recent study by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) indicated that dehydration contributes to 800 deaths and malnutrition to 300 deaths per year among those housed in NHS hospitals. Spokesperson for the Hospital Workers Union, Mildred Ratched, placed the blame primarily on the doctors. Our people are just following orders, Ratched said. If the doctors wanted these patients to have food and water they should have...
  • UM doctors get protection from lawsuits

    05/04/2011 9:12:41 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 6 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | May 04, 2011 | Patricia Mazzei
    In a long-sought move, the University of Miami won a legislative victory on Wednesday when Florida lawmakers agreed to extend state lawsuit protection to university doctors working in public hospitals. Gov. Rick Scott will likely sign the bill into law. Scott is also expected to sign another lawsuit-limitation bill that passed Wednesday that changes the way people can sue automobile makers. The vote to give sovereign immunity to UM has been years in the making. The state protects government hospital employees, residents and interns including those at Miamis Jackson Health System from major medical malpractice judgments. But UM...
  • Is a lawsuit possible? (Vanity)

    04/04/2011 3:08:41 PM PDT · by William of Barsoom · 11 replies
    Vaniity | March 4th | William of Barsoom
    Is it possible to sue a politician for violation of an implied contract when he fails to perform in accord with his campaign promises?
  • EDITORIAL: Leash law for lawyers--Congress takes aim at jackpot justice

    03/01/2011 4:38:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 1, 2011 | Editorial
    The Republican-led House of Representatives is fighting back against big-money plaintiffs attorneys who use campaign cash to control congressional Democrats. A provision in the budget continuing resolution would forbid government from spending funds to implement a new Consumer Product Safety Commission program. On March 11, the CPSC is set to launch a new online database publishing thousands of outside complaints about allegedly unsafe products. These attacks would be publicized before any investigation and without independent evidence that complaints are legitimate. Its an open invitation for competitors or interest groups to destroy a products reputation - and sales - without proof....
  • Cameras, and Rules Against Them, Stir Passions in Delivery Rooms

    02/03/2011 11:03:30 AM PST · by lbryce · 43 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 3, 2011 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE CASCADE, Md. When Laurie Shifler was expecting her eighth child, she was so upset about a local hospitals new policy restricting photographs of births that she started an online petition. Hundreds of people, near and far, signed it, many expressing outrage that a hospital would prevent parents from recording such a momentous occasion, one that could never be recaptured. The hospital, Meritus Medical Center, in nearby Hagerstown, bars all pictures and videos during birth cellphones must be turned off and allows picture-taking only after the baby has been delivered safely and the medical...
  • Washington Post-ABC poll: Public is not yet sold on GOP ( not even sworn in yet! )

    12/15/2010 10:04:47 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 30 replies · 3+ views
    Washington Compost ^ | December 15th | Dan Balz(D-MD) and Jon Cohen(D-MD)
    Republicans may have made major gains in the November elections, but they have yet to win the hearts and minds of the American people, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
  • Manslaughter Case against Massachusetts Abortionist Begins Today

    09/13/2010 1:34:34 PM PDT · by topher · 6 replies ^ | September 13, 2010 | By Kathleen Gilbert
    Monday September 13, 2010 Manslaughter Case against Massachusetts Abortionist Begins Today By Kathleen GilbertBOSTON, September 13, 2010 ( - The trial into charges of involuntary manslaughter against a Massachusetts abortionist whose botched abortion killed Laura Hope Smith, 22, begins Monday, exactly three years after the young woman's death, according to an Associated Press report.Prosecutors charged Dr. Rapin Osathanondh of Cape Cod with manslaughter in July 2008 in connection with the death of Smith, 22, whose heart stopped during an abortion. Osathanondh resigned his license in February 2008, the same day the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine issued charges...
  • La. officials suspend abortion clinic's license

    09/04/2010 4:48:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 9/3/2010
    Louisiana health officials suspended an abortion clinic's license Friday, the first time the state has used its new authority to shut down such a facility over health and safety concerns. The Louisiana health department ordered the Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport to immediately cease performing the procedures, saying an investigation found the clinic failed to ensure that a physician performed and documented a physical exam on each woman before a procedure. The clinic also failed to follow several procedures involving anesthesia, including not properly monitoring vital signs, the agency said. Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a law in...
  • Abortion doctor licensed in N.J. [to quit] practicing in MD - patient is critically injured

    09/05/2010 11:51:52 AM PDT · by topher · 26 replies ^ | September 04, 2010 | AP
    Associate Press article BALTIMORE Maryland health officials have ordered two doctors, one of whom is licensed and has several offices in New Jersey, to stop performing abortions after a woman was critically injured during a procedure last month. The Maryland Board of Physicians ordered Dr. Steven Brigham to stop practicing medicine without a license in Maryland and suspended the license of Dr. Nicola Riley. Police raided one of Brigham's offices in Elkton looking for medical records, and found dozens of late-term fetuses in a freezer at a clinic. ... Riley and Brigham brought an injured 18-year-old woman in a...
  • Maryland Orders Dangerous Abortionist to Stop Practicing Illegally

    09/01/2010 1:31:35 PM PDT · by topher · 10 replies ^ | September 1, 2010
    Wednesday September 1, 2010 Maryland Orders Dangerous Abortionist to Stop Practicing Illegally ELKTON, Md., Aug. 31, 2010 ( - Troubled abortionist Steven Chase Brigham has been issued a cease and desist order by the Maryland State Board of Physicians. The order demands that he stop the illegal practice of medicine, including abortions, at five locations throughout Maryland because he does not and never has been licensed in that state. The order, dated August 25, 2010, indicates that Brigham has been practicing illegally in Maryland since January, 2010. The document referred to an incident that occurred on August...
  • Italian minister apologises after delivery room fight

    08/31/2010 1:51:11 AM PDT · by tlb · 1 replies
    bbc ^ | 30 August 2010 | staff
    Italy's health minister has apologised to a woman for a fight between two doctors in the delivery room as she was about to give birth. Laura Salpietro, 30, had her uterus removed and her baby boy suffered heart problems and possible brain damage at birth on Thursday in Messina, Sicily. After a heated exchange of words, one of the doctors seized his colleague by the neck and shoved him into a wall, according to Mr Molonia's account to police, reports said. The other doctor reacted by punching a window, which shattered, injuring his hand, they said. Prosecutors have placed five...
  • Nearly One Million Children in U.S. Potentially Misdiagnosed With ADHD, Study Finds

    08/19/2010 3:38:18 AM PDT · by tlb · 81 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Aug. 17, 2010 | staff
    Nearly 1 million children in the United States are potentially misdiagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder simply because they are the youngest -- and most immature -- in their kindergarten class. These children are significantly more likely than their older classmates to be prescribed behavior-modifying stimulants such as Ritalin. Such inappropriate treatment is particularly worrisome because of the unknown impacts of long-term stimulant use on children's health, Elder said. It also wastes an estimated $320 million-$500 million a year on unnecessary medication. Elder said the "smoking gun" of the study is that ADHD diagnoses depend on a child's age relative...
  • [Medical Malpractice]Abortionists Dump Kansas Licenses, Will Avoid Discipline

    08/06/2010 12:30:14 PM PDT · by topher · 3 replies
    Friday August 6, 2010 Late-term Abortionists Dump Kansas Licenses, Will Avoid Discipline Albuquerque, NM, August 6, 2010 ( Two Albuquerque late-term abortionists who worked for George Tillers Womens Health Care Services (WHCS) in Wichita, Kansas, before it permanently closed last year have dumped their Kansas medical licenses.Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue, has speculated that the move was deliberately made in order to place the pairoutside the disciplinary jurisdiction of the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KSBHA).Tiller and his employees have come under intense scrutiny from the KSBHA for engaging in practices of questionable legality. The...
  • After Stroke Scans, Patients Face Serious Health Risks

    08/01/2010 5:18:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 6+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 31, 2010 | WALT BOGDANICH
    When Alain Reyess hair suddenly fell out in a freakish band circling his head, he was not the only one worried about his health. His co-workers at a shipping company avoided him, and his boss sent him home, fearing he had a contagious disease. Only later would Mr. Reyes learn what had caused him so much physical and emotional grief: he had received a radiation overdose during a test for a stroke at a hospital in Glendale, Calif. Other patients getting the procedure, called a CT brain perfusion scan, were being overdosed, too 37 of them just up the...
  • Girl texted pics of herself

    07/30/2010 12:54:21 PM PDT · by frithguild · 34 replies · 2+ views
    The Sun - UK ^ | July 30, 2010 | STAFF REPORTER
    A DESPERATE woman texted photos of herself slowly DYING to her mum as she lay suffering on a hospital bed - being ignored by NHS doctors. Tragic Jo Dowling, 25, sent over forty messages to her mother and best friend including pictures of a deadly rash spreading across her body as her life ebbed away. The pretty youngster was diagnosed by her family GP with suspected Meningococcal Septicaemia after developing a purple skin rash and low blood pressure last November. She was rushed to Milton Keynes Hospital where A&E doctors rejected the diagnosis believing instead her illness was a mild...
  • Woman chronicled her own death from meningitis in phone pictures (NHS ignored her symptoms)

    Woman chronicled her own death from meningitis in phone pictures as doctors told her spreading rash was only a 'minor infection' 30th July 2010 Doctors stopped antibiotics and gave her headache tablets Medics 'didn't see' deadly rash spreading across her limbs Patient died just 14 hours after being admitted to hospital A desperate patient texted photos of a deadly rash spreading across her body to her mother as she lay dying on a hospital bed while being ignored by NHS doctors. Critically ill Jo Dowling, 25, sent more than 40 pictures and messages to her mother and best friend as...
  • "Comprehensive Malpractice Reform", "Comprehensive Border Control Reform"

    06/17/2010 7:08:23 AM PDT · by cartervt2k · 89+ views
    Me | 6/17/2010 | Me
    Some legislative ideas for the new Congress. Any "comprehensive reform" bills must be good, right? Let's send them to the emperor's desk, and make him veto them. Another possible idea: single-payer litigation services (the right to file a claim is a God-given, Constitutional right, right?) Discuss.
  • U.S. to Begin Handing out Grants to Reduce Medical Malpractice Suits

    06/13/2010 5:45:42 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 16 replies · 461+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 06-11-10 | JANET ADAMY
    WASHINGTONThe government is set to begin handing out $25 million in grants Friday aimed at reducing medical malpractice lawsuits, part of a compromise offered by President Barack Obama last year in response to calls for an overhaul of the malpractice system. During last year's health debate, Republicans criticized the president for not addressing the rising cost of medical liability lawsuits as part of his sweeping health overhaul legislation. The final health bill passed in March included only limited measures aimed at curbing such lawsuits. In his joint address to Congress last September, Mr. Obama asked the Department of Health and...
  • Physicians Are Talking About: The Culture of Defensive Medicine

    05/06/2010 5:14:01 PM PDT · by The Good Doctor · 4 replies · 174+ views ^ | 03/19/2010 | Nancy R. Terry
    The practice of defensive medicine -- the ordering of excessive tests and procedures by physicians -- is regularly targeted as a major contributor to the high costs of healthcare. But how widespread is it? A recent posting on Medscape's Physician Connect (MPC), an all-physician discussion group, asked the question: Do you practice defensive medicine? Most physicians responded with an emphatic YES. "Defensive medicine is practiced everywhere, everyday. And the costs have got to be simply enormous," says a radiologist. "Here in southeastern Michigan, home of [notable] malpractice attorneys, we practice defensive medicine every day, with every patient," replies a neurologist....
  • Doctors Perform C-Section and Find No Baby

    04/02/2010 12:49:56 PM PDT · by edpc · 43 replies · 1,713+ views
    ABC News ^ | 2 April 2010 | Susan Donaldson James
    Two North Carolina doctors have been reprimanded for performing a caesarian on a woman, only to discover she wasn't pregnant at all. The incident -- a rare case of pseudocyesis or a false or hysterical pregnancy -- happened at the Cape Fear Medical Center in Fayetteville, N.C. The woman reportedly appeared at the hospital with her husband asking for a C-section. A resident in charge made the pregnancy diagnosis and doctors agreed to surgery after trying to induce labor for two days.
  • Congressional Healthcare

    02/09/2010 5:26:28 AM PST · by pansgold · 11 replies · 389+ views
    II / IX / MMX | pansgold
    Maybe the congress and senate should take a closer look at their health care policy. Judging by sloppy work done by a doctor on at least one member of congress. It sounds like members of congress could use an upgrade from their current plan to the plan democrats want to impose on us all. Accidents happen. Carelessness should not.
  • ABC Devotes Over 60 Minutes to John Edwards, Avoids Labeling Him a Democrat

    02/01/2010 11:38:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 954+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 2/1/10 | Scott Whitlock
    Since Friday, ABC has devoted 60 minutes and 23 seconds to interviews covering the most salacious details of John Edwards' sex scandal. Yet, the network's anchors have refrained from referring to him as a Democrat. 20/20 on Friday spent the entire hour talking to Andrew Young, a former top Edwards aide who allegedly holds a sex tape involving the politician. The D-word was never used by reporter Bob Woodruff.
  • Pro-Life Group Upset Abortion Business Dismisses Woman's Abortion Death

    01/29/2010 2:01:05 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 320+ views
    Life News ^ | 01.27.10 | Steven Ertelt
    Queens, NY ( -- A botched legal abortion killed a Hispanic woman earlier this week at a shoddy abortion center in Queens, New York. In an interview with a local newspaper, staff at the abortion center were dismissive of the woman's death, prompting outrage from a pro-life group that monitors abortion facilities. As has reported, 37-year-old Alexandra Nuez was killed after a botched abortion claimed her life at the A-1 Women's Care abortion center located in Jackson Heights.Despite the abortion death, staff at the abortion center, who did not return a phone call seeking comment, told the new...
  • Medical Malpractice Reform Savings Would Be Large ($120 billion/year)

    12/31/2009 5:07:40 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies · 360+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | December 30, 2009 | Andrew Biggs
    In a letter to Rep. Bruce Braley, the Congressional Budget Office further explains some of its analysis regarding the effects of medical malpractice reform on health costs and health outcomes. The letter as a whole is worth reading for a number of reasons, but one point stuck out to me. Pessimists regarding malpractice reform have pointed out that it would save the federal budget only around $54 billion over ten years. I say only because this is nevertheless almost half as much as the entire Senate health bill would purportedly save, even leaving aside well-justified uncertainties regarding whether the Senate...
  • Medical Malpractice Reform

    12/20/2009 4:50:46 PM PST · by thisisthetime · 2 replies · 295+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | Pamela Villarreal, John C. Goodman, and Joe Barnett
    In theory, the right to sue should ensure that injured patients receive compensation, and the adversarial justice system should ensure that only patients who are harmed by negligence receive compensation. However, the evidence suggests that the reality is far different. According to the Harvard Medical Practice Study, the vast majority of all instances of malpractice never lead to a lawsuit; of the suits that are filed, a significant number do not involve malpractice; and juries do not always make the right decisions.
  • Dan Walters: California cap in malpractice cases an issue

    11/30/2009 7:52:02 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 388+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/30/9 | Dan Walters
    One of the many contentious issues in the national health care debate is something that began 34 years ago in California when Jerry Brown, in the first year of his first governorship, signed legislation imposing a $250,000 limit on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases. The version of a national health care bill that Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed through the House contains a provision that would push but not quite compel California and other states with malpractice damage caps to repeal them.
  • (UK) Doctors were told to practise on patients, says whistleblower

    11/18/2009 11:20:00 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies · 381+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/18/2009
    Dr Otto Chan told a hearing in East London that some doctors at the Royal London Hospital were ''exposed'' to procedures that they were not trained for. He said: ''The department was going rapidly backwards, I had real serious concerns about patient care in relation to the training programme. ''The junior staff in our department were doing too much unsupervised work.'' Dr Chan added: ''The juniors were being exposed to procedures that they were clearly not trained to do.'' The radiologist said junior doctors were sometimes given notes on how to do a procedure and ''being told to go and...
  • New malpractice idea in health care debate

    10/20/2009 2:31:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 656+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 10/20/09 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's willingness to consider alternatives to medical malpractice lawsuits is providing a boost for taking such cases out of the courtroom and letting experts, not juries, decide their merits. The idea of appointing neutral experts to sift malpractice facts from allegations appeals to conservatives in both political parties, who are looking to address medical liability as part of health care overhaul legislation. Trial lawyers remain steadfastly opposed.
  • Nursing home cited, sued after elderly man's genitals disintegrate

    10/16/2009 9:16:28 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 104 replies · 3,857+ views
    <p>An Everett nursing home is facing a lawsuit after an elderly resident's genitals disintegrated while staff allegedly failed to act.</p> <p>Charles Bradley, then 93, arrived at Everett Care & Rehabilitation in the winter of 2004, suffering from the usual maladies of old age, according to court documents. He continued to live at the nursing home until two weeks before his death, which came on March 31, 2008, when he was rushed to the emergency room with a life-threatening -- but previously undetected -- malady.</p>
  • Medical malpractice litigation blamed for rising health care costs

    10/13/2009 11:49:56 AM PDT · by Ja7430 · 6 replies · 321+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | 10-13-09 | Chris Rizo
    NEW YORK (Legal Newsline)-Medical malpractice litigation has driven up U.S. health care costs dramatically, translating into higher costs for consumers, a study said Tuesday. The report by the Manhattan Institute's Center for Legal Policy said the direct cost of medical malpractice litigation is roughly $30.4 billion annually.