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Gawande on U.S. malpractice "disaster"

Atul Gawande, the acclaimed Boston surgeon/author who writes often on medicine for The New Yorker, was interviewed last month by the Times of India (via KevinMD):

Q: What are the best ways to tackle medical malpractice in public health?

Rule 1: Don't do it the way it's done in the US. It's a disaster. Rule 2: If compensating for malpractice is deemed a priority, then a public fund should be established for people who have rare but serious complications from medical care due to error. Rule 3: Perfection is not possible in medicine, but our responsibility in medicine is to tell the truth about error, to measure occurrence, and to constantly work to reduce it.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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