Should Hospitals–and Doctors–Apologize for Medical Mistakes?

March 16, 2017

(The Washington Post) – But spurred by concerns about the “deny and defend” model — including its cost, lack of transparency and the perpetuation of errors — programs to circumvent litigation by offering prompt disclosure, apology and compensation for mistakes as an alternative to malpractice suits are becoming more popular. Johns Hopkins researchers recently estimated that medical mistakes kill 251,000 Americans annually, which would make them the ­third-leading cause of death. Traditionally, the only way for patients to find out what went wrong has been to sue.

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