Senators Barack Obama (D-IL) and Hillary Clinton (D-AR,IL,NY) are introducing legislation to “encourage hospitals to admit medical errors.

If this passes, let the hospitals’ first order of business be to come out and point at Hillary Clinton.

Okay, here’s how it would work:

The legislation would establish a voluntary program for doctors and hospitals under which they would promptly notify patients and their families of medical errors. Victims of medical errors would have the option of entering into out-of-court negotiations, where they could receive an apology from the medical providers involved as well as financial compensation. If no agreement was reached within six months, the patient could file suit, but the apology and any offers of compensation would not be admissible in court.

I’m torn on this one. First, how does the lobby for the legal profession view this? On one hand, the perp coming forward right off the bat gets rid of a lot of leg work for a law firm suing a hospital, allowing them to pursue their money in court or private settlement quicker.

On the other hand, if hospitals come forward right off the bat, it ends up in court, and by some weird occurrence, the plaintiff loses, the law firm has been screwed out of many billable hours in interviewing and tracking down the hows, whats, whys and whos.

Obama cited a 1999 federal study that found there were 98,000 deaths per year caused by medical errors. The stated goal of this legislation is to lower that high number. Does any of this accomplish that? If anything, any plan with Hillary’s fingerprints on it will perpetuate the problem.

Hillary continues to be an advocate for nationalized health care, so I really doubt that “helping patients” is ever on her radar screen. I mean, how much malpractice would there be in a world under Hillarycare, where your doctor is making about the same money as your mailman or Roto Rooter guy? That’s assuming they’re not one in the same.
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