Is your hospital hurting you?

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We go to hospitals when we are sick. Why, then, do so many people get even sicker in hospitals? Remember this motto: Your health is too important to leave solely to the medical establishment.

According to an article on CNN.com, “Is your Hospital Hurting You”  by Dr. Marty Makary (a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital), “doctors and nurses increasingly feel disconnected from policymakers and even their own hospitals.” One indicator is the number of doctors and nurses fired or disciplined who speak up about problems in hospitals like dangerous care or fraudulent procedures.  His findings are supported by events occuring all over the country.  For example,  in early December CBS News program “60 Minutes” reported on ER doctors fired for not meeting quotas on the percentage of patients they admitted to the hospital. 

Makary sees this as do a growing number of physicians as a consequence of the growing practice of worker-management disconnect, particularly as hospitals merge into larger and larger conglomerates–mega-hospitals.  While some hospital executives have commendably used a hospital chain’s large size to standardize best practices, others have fallen into the age-old management trap of detaching themselves from the front lines and becoming dangerously out of touch with their own staff. More doctors and nurses are feeling frustrated. In fact, Makary reports that many doctors and nurses now say they feel like they are tenants working for their landlord: the hospital management. Often, doctors and nurses know how to make care better and safer but feel stripped of the power to make necessary changes.This worker-management disconnect (even antagonism) in any industry is dangerous. In medicine this workplace atmosphere, complicated by perverse economic incentives and weak systems of accountability, contributes to a hospital culture marked by a lack of a sense of communal ownership in the overall delivery of care. What results is a poorer quality of care, more overtreatment, more fraud, more medical mistakes, and more patients falling through the cracks.

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The culture of health care needs to change. Medical mistakes cause too many needless harm or deaths, yet few people see the problem in this context because we rarely have an open and honest conversation about the quality of health care in America. If we are serious about improving health care quality and lowering costs, we need to address the issue of accountability.

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If you suspect that you or your loved one is a victim of medical malpractice, please contact one of our attorneys immediately to evaluate your case. The law limits the time you have to file a claim. Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. will provide compassionate and aggressive representation to fight for your rights. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

 

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