Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Linked to Hospital Safety

It seems like this should be common sense. There is a direct correlation between the number of medical malpractice cases and the quality and safety of medical care. Those in favor of reducing doctors’ liability rather than increasing patient safety don’t usually like to talk about this. However the RAND Corporation has released a study of California hospitals from 2001 to 2005. The study concluded, “Reducing the number of preventable patient injuries was associated with a corresponding drop in malpractice claims against physicians.”
“These findings suggest that putting a greater focus on improving safety performance in health care settings could benefit medical providers as well as patients,” said Michael Greenberg the study’s lead author and a behavioral scientist with RAND, a nonprofit research organization.