Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Barack Obama (D-IL) have proposed legislation aimed at giving physicians and hospitals protection in exchange for full disclosure of errors and adverse events. Their plan was outlined in the May 25 New England Journal of Medicine.
The plan, filed as the National Medical Error Disclosure and Compensation Bill, would offer four major components:
- reduce the rates of medical errors
- increase communication between caregivers and patients
- provide for patient access to "fair compensation for legitimate medical injuries"
- reduce malpractice premiums
The current efforts to reform malpractice claims address only a few of these major issues, according to Clinton and Obama. The two senators claim all four must be dealt with to truly reform malpractice law.
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[ via Patient Safety Monitor ]