Study Finds Hospitals HIDE Evidence of Medical Malpractice to Escape Liability!
What the inspector general found in the study was that the number of autopsies performed at hospitals has declined significantly! In fact, the percentage of autopsies has dropped from around fifty-percent to now only about five-percent!! FIVE-PERCENT! But why does this matter so much?
Well, some call an autopsy the “ultimate medical audit.” Meaning, that it provides a very clear picture of how the patient died. Commonly in autopsies the most common medical mistake revealed is a failed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. By performing the autopsy, pathologists and medical examiners can get down to the real cause of death to investigate how the patient passed. This obviously is not good for hospitals or doctors, because it creates more liability through wrongful death and medical malpractice actions.
Of course, there could be some other correlative factors are play here. For example, as the economy got worse, hospitals certainly could have been trying to cut back and save money. Performing autopsies is certainly an expensive endeavor and this could have been one way for cash-strapped hospitals to save money. Second, also because of the economy, hospitals might have cut back on those staff members to complete those autopsies, also to save money.
So while there may be some confounding factors of why the decrease in autopsies being performed, the facts are concerning. We need to know why some patients have died in the hospital and we need to know if it was because of a physician or hospital’s negligence.
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