Dr. Marty Makary has written a book about the “very dark side” of hospital errors. According to his book, “Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care,” doctors and hospitals fail to disclose objective data about their procedures, such as how many patients have successful outcomes, and how many do not. Without such data, according to Dr. Makary, patients make blind decisions about their medical treatment.
Culture of Secrecy
The medical profession has a long history of keeping quiet about complications and errors. Doctors are known for protecting each other and refusing to testify against one another. While admirable in some ways, this custom leaves patients in the dark when it comes to doctors’ and hospitals’ record of errors, deaths, accidents, infections, and other medical risks. If you have suffered from a medical error, a New Jersey personal injury lawyer can advise you of your legal rights.
Hospital marketing also contributes to the problem. A hospital might claim that it is “number one in comprehensive cancer treatment.” Hospitals are permitted to make such claims so long as they are considered subjective. However, patients may be led to believe that the hospital has more expertise performing a particular procedure than it actually does.
More Transparency Recommended
Dr. Makary recommends more transparency in the medical profession. Some states, including California, New York, and Oregon, require hospitals to publish the death rates of patients having open heart surgery. Such transparency can improve treatment as hospitals compete to improve their records and patients make more informed choices.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a medical error or medical malpractice, contact New Jersey personal injury lawyers Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. at Lawyertime.com or (800) 529-9997.