Archive for the ‘Medical Malpractice Prevention’ Category

The Latest News on Doctor Discipline

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Recently, the Federation of State Medical Boards released their most recent statistics on doctor discipline by the fstate medical boards.

Latest Doctor Discipline Statistics

In 2011:

  • There was a 6.8% increase in the number of doctors who were disciplined by state medical boards.
  •  6,025 doctors were disciplined by state medical boards in 2011 compared with 5,652 in 2010.
  • 1,905 doctors had their licenses revoked in 2011 compared to 1,815 license revocations in 2010.

Not Everyone is Impressed by the Increase

The Director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group has told the media that, despite the increase, he believes that most state medical boards fail to discipline doctors deserving of discipline and thereby put
patients at risk. Specifically, he is concerned that the majority of disciplinary actions are merely reprimands or warnings and not actual punishments.

What do you think? Do state medical boards do a good job protecting the public from medical malpractice or could more be done to discipline doctors and protect patients?

The Importance of Finding the Right Doctor for Your Teen

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

It is often in the tween or early teen years that the doctor patient relationship starts to change for a child. It is now that the child, not the parent, communicates directly with the doctor and it is now that the
child begins to be in the exam room alone with the doctor.

However, it is most often still the parent who chooses the doctor and the choice that you make is   important. You may send your child to the pediatrician whom you have been using you may choose a new doctor. Either way, you need to make sure that your child is comfortable and that the doctor is both safe and experienced at working with teens.

The decisions that you make now can greatly affect your child’s future. You don’t want your child to suffer the potentially serious effects of medical malpractice, nor do you want your child to avoid medical care in the future because of a bad experience with his or her doctor.  Thus, it is important to pick the right
doctor for your child and to help protect your child now and in the future.

Are Pharmacists Important for Patient Safety?

Monday, March 19th, 2012 is reporting an increased trend among physicians to dispense medications directly from their offices rather than write prescriptions that need to be filled in pharmacies. Those who support physicians’ dispensing medication cite patient convenience as the primary reason for supporting this method while those opposed are concerned that a second and
vital check by a pharmacist is missing which could impact patient safety. There is also concern about whether a busy doctor’s office can properly store and label medications so that dangerous drug mistakes aren’t made.

As a patient what do you think of this? Would you be comfortable accepting a prescription straight from a doctor without a pharmacist reviewing it? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts.

Do Low Income Patients File More Medical Malpractice Claims?

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Some doctors allegedly assume that poor patients are more likely to sue them for medical malpractice than their middle income and higher income patients. A new study published in the February 25 edition of the journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research found the opposite to be true.

According to the study results, low income patients are less likely to sue their doctors than
other patients. The study suggests that low income patients may lack the resources to start a medical malpractice case and may be unaware of the legal resources available to them.

It is hoped that the results of the study will encourage doctors to be more comfortable taking
lower income patients and help provide quality healthcare to people of all income levels.

Is Your Doctor Unduly Influenced by Drug Companies?

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Currently, it is permissible for a doctor to be paid by a pharmaceutical company when the doctor prescribes that company’s drug to a patient. Some patients worry that this potential conflict of interest could lead a doctor to prescribe a medication that benefits the doctor and may not be the best drug for the patient.

It is important to know that doctors owe their patients a duty of care. Your doctor has a legal responsibility to exercise due care when treating you and that includes recommending the proper prescriptions for you without consideration of his or her own potential financial gain. To do otherwise may be medical malpractice in Pennsylvania.

If you are concerned about the appropriateness of your own prescription drugs then it is important to seek a second, independent opinion from another doctor.