Nov 24 2014

Tort Reform-The Ugly Elephant In The Room

The NY Times editorial board has called for increased accountability and transparency in products liability cases–a call prompted by the recent revelations that General Motors, maker of faulty ignition switches that killed drivers,  and Takata, maker of airbags with deadly defects, hid evidence of the defects as consumers continued be to injured and killed.  The […]

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Nov 20 2014

How California Works To Not Improve Patient Safety

They say you should learn from your mistakes, and they are right. That’s how growth and development happen. But it is hard, and usually impossible, to learn from your mistakes if you don’t know what they are.  So when hospitals fail to report medical errors, or lump all of them together into the nebulous category […]

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Nov 20 2014

“Health Insurance” Not Necessarily Good For Patients’ Health

According to the Hippocratic Oath, a doctor must first do no harm.  But the influence of health insurance companies on modern doctors raises the question of exactly who doctors are bent on not harming: their patients, or their corporate benefactors.  This subject was the topic of a recent, disturbing op-ed piece in the NY Times, […]

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