Who Pays for Medical Errors?

You do. A Commonwealth study finds that "on average, hospitals passed on 78% of the costs of all injuries and 70% of the costs of negligent injuries to outside payers."

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  1. Devon Herrick says:

    Geisinger Health Center in Pennsylvania provides a warranty to patients on heart surgery, but loses money! The reason: Medicare won’t pay more for the initial surgery. So naturally, no other hospital has a financial motive to reduce its errors. They make too much money on their mistakes (see John Goodman’s Wall Street Journal op ed [http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120373015283387491.html?mod=googlenews_wsj]). Medicine is (arguably) the only area of our economy where hospitals get paid more for low quality than high quality. Low quality often leads to complications and complications lengthen hospital stays.

  2. Jamie Gully says:

    Supposedly Medicare will no longer pay for any mistakes caused by the hospital, including pressure sores and breakdown!

  3. Jamie Gully says:

    Also, in response to the last part of that statement- that’s the most absurd thing I’ve heard! You’re implying the doctor wants to provide poor care and basically all are monsters with a hidden agenda.
    The hospital is for ACUTE CARE ONLY!! The problem is discharge and the care and medicine needed afterwards. Many do not have the money for that and come back with complications.