As we speak, many Americans are panicking over the current Ebola case in Texas. While Ebola is a horrifying disease and one that should not be taken lightly, we should look at how it got here and why. For those that work in the medical negligence community it should come as no surprise that Texas would be ground zero for a potential deadly outbreak. Our friends at The Pop Tort explain why:
Thanks to the state’s severe “cap” on compensation and other restrictions on patients’ legal rights, cases involving medical malpractice in emergency rooms have been knocked out almost completely, making Texas ER’s some of the most dangerous in the country. “’What Texans don’t know is that their Legislature has mandated a very low standard of care — almost no care,’ says Brant Mittler, a Duke University-educated cardiologist in San Antonio who added malpractice law to his resume in 2001.’”
Read the entire article “Ebola: The Latest Texas Medical Negligence Nightmare,” to get the full case as to why medical malpractice caps and emergency room immunity are significant risks to public health. Before you head over there we’ll leave you with this important statistic:
Let’s begin with this one: “Between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death.… That would make medical errors the third-leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease, which is the first, and cancer, which is second.”
While Ebola may be scary, bad doctors are much more likely to kill you.