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Remember the case where hospital administrator Bruce Mogel allegedly planted a gun in a doctor’s car then called the police to frame him because the administrator didn’t like the doctor’s criticisms of the way the hospitals were being managed? The doctor sued the hospital and won $5.7 million.
Well a judge just threw out that judgment. Employers can’t be liable if the employee/officer’s actions are not reasonably related to the job or reasonably foreseeable.
Patients gone wild. Combative New Jersey patients gets beat down by police, then causes officer to dislocate his ankle. Now charged with aggravated assault on an officer.
UK hospital emergency department director states that there is “toxic overcrowding” and that hospitals are at a “crisis point.” Notes that the EDs are “simply not equipped to safely care for such numbers of patients, an increasing proportion of whom are elderly and frail with complex medical, nursing and social needs.”
More patients, sicker patients, “substandard conditions” … what could go wrong?
Missouri Clinic sued for failing to drain an allegedly nonexistent perirectal abscess. The patient was instead placed on antibiotics, instructed to use sitz baths, told to see the surgeon the following day, and instructed to return to the emergency department if his condition worsened. Four days later when the next surgery appointment was available, the patient was determined to have had necrotizing faciitis which by that time had spread from his buttocks to his knee.
Experts in the case allege that immediate lab tests, CT scans/ultrasounds were required and that the patient should have been admitted to the hospital. The emergency physician plaintiff’s expert testified that it is a deviation from the standard of care to discharge a patient with such an abscess from the emergency department.
Canadian politicians demanding an inquest into death of a patient who fell and hit her head, then left emergency department after waiting six hours to be seen. She was found dead the following day. According to statistics in the article, the number of patients leaving hospitals without being seen by physicians increased nearly 10% between 2011 and 2012.
Brainiac Democratic Nevada politician Marilyn Kirkpatrick tries to amend the Nevada constitution to cap costs for anyone receiving treatment in a hospital emergency department.
Changing the CONSTITUTION to reflect how much people should have to pay when someone else renders private services to them? How much more idiotic can legislators in this country get?
Why stop at emergency services? What’s next? A constitutional amendment to limit the charges in Nevada for fast food hamburgers? Pints of alcohol? Attorney’s fees? How about capping Nevada lawmaker’s salaries?
Fortunately, this colossal example of poor judgment died without even coming up for a vote.
Two thirds of Americans aren’t sure that they will purchase coverage required by Obamacare by the January 1, 2014 deadline. More than 60% of people believe that the UnAffordable Care Act will lead to higher health care costs. It already has.