What is this world coming to? Insurers are refusing to pay for hospital errors. Give me a break! For years the hospital’s liability carriers have had to be drug into court kicking and screaming to make them pay for a hospital’s errors. Now, it looks like a patient’s medical insurance is following suit. Who then is to pay for the hospital’s errors? Surely not the wrongdoer…
Latest news says that Aetna Inc, WellPoint and other big insurance companies are refusing to pay for operating on the wrong limb or giving a patient incompatible blood.
Medicare announced that beginning in October it will no longer pay for the extra cost of treating bedsores, falls and other preventable injuries. In 2010 Medicare will add to the list hospital acquired blood infections, blood clots in legs and lungs and pneumonia contracted from a ventilator.
Will the hospitals just charge more for other procedures?
These preventable errors are called, “never events.” In Minnesota last year there were 154 “never events.” The Center for Disease Control estimates that patients develop 1.7 million infections in hospitals a year causing or contributing to as many as 99,000 deaths a year. These infections can add $10,000 to a patient’s bill. MRSA can add $100,000 to a patient’s bill.
Trial attorneys work hard every day to fight medical errors. At Bailey and Oliver, we believe medical errors don’t need to be swept under the rug, but need public outing. Frank Bailey has over thirty years representing victims of medical errors. Frank is listed in Best Lawyers in America and takes pride in helping victims of malpractice.
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