Is the US healthcare system too litigious or too careless?

In a recent study published in Health Affairs, researchers at the University of Utah and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement found that errors “occurred in one-third of hospital admissions”. Moreover, they “found at least ten times more confirmed, serious events than … other methods.” Commenting on this study, Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Susan Dentzer said: Without doubt, we’ve seen … Continue reading

Unhealthy Healthcare

How can the healthcare system be “unhealthy”? The Commonwealth Fund (a private, non-partisan, non-profit foundation) commissioned a survey that found that Americans pay more when they get sick than people in other Western nations and get more confused, error-prone treatment. Although it sounds like today’s news, the survey was conducted in 2005.  Not much has changed … Continue reading