Monday, May 15, 2006

Defining malpractice

…The eggheads at Harvard checked some malpractice suits and learned that 40% of them were groundless.

….Or at least said that 40% were.

…Fifteen percent of them were paid off anyway.

…The findings, published in the NEJM (May 11, 2006), were a wet dreamlet for the American Medical Association, which wants suits capped.

…But wait a hot second.

…Apparently to file a suit you should be injured—not just scared, furious, and loaded for bear.

…But only 3% of the claims they looked at showed no injury.

…Of those with an injury, 2/3 resulted from medical error.

…But the rest lacked evidence of a medical mistake.

…Stay with me. In this latter case, one example given was of a woman with no family history of breast cancer who underwent mammos for four years, all negative.

…But she had breast cancer—and it had spread to multiple other parts of her body.

…This was declared to not involve medical error, though, because everyone had done everything they should have.

…(Except catch it.)

…She did sue—and got a settlement.

…Sometimes, it depends on who defines what.

...Sometimes? Often!


Bill Thomasson said...

What the authors emphasized but the newspapers barely mentioned is that the number of people who got money without evidence of medical injury was significantly smaller than the number who were injured by medical error but got nothing.

Danny Haszard said...

I took zyprexa which was ineffective for my condition and gave me diabetes.

Zyprexa, which is used for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, accounted for 32% of Eli Lilly's $14.6 billion revenue last year.

Zyprexa is the product name for Olanzapine,it is Lilly's top selling drug.It was approved by the FDA in 1996 ,an 'atypical' antipsychotic a newer class of drugs without the motor side effects of the older Thorazine.Zyprexa has been linked to causing diabetes and pancreatitis.

Did you know that Lilly made nearly $3 billion last year on diabetic meds, Actos,Humulin and Byetta?

Yes! They sell a drug that can cause diabetes and then turn a profit on the drugs that treat the condition that they may have caused in the first place!

I was prescribed Zyprexa from 1996 until 2000.
In early 2000 i was shocked to have an A1C test result of 13.9 (normal is 4-6) I have no history of diabetes in my family.
Daniel Haszard