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Changing laws and medical malpractice

When it comes to surgeries, patients generally place all of their trust into the hands of medical professionals. After all, doctors and surgeons are the health experts, as they give medical advice, operate on patients and deal with some of life's most pressing problems. Yet all individuals are inevitably prone to human error at one time or another, but sometimes, these errors can be tragic and even life-threatening. Patients in Georgia who have experienced medical malpractice have the right to take legal action and seek compensation for their losses.

Since Trump's rise to office in January, talk of a changing healthcare system is hardly fresh news. An article in the New York Times reports that the House of Republicans' plan to replace the Affordable Care Act could potentially make medical malpractice lawsuits more difficult to win. The drafted bill would set new limits on lawsuits involving care covered by Medicaid, Medicare or private health insurance covered by the Affordable Care Act. In the words of Sean Spicer, the bill would seek to reduce the number of "frivolous lawsuits that unnecessarily drive up healthcare costs." Yet what many do not know is that a large number of these malpractice lawsuits are not frivolous, and are, in fact, real cases that were the result of doctor negligence.

There are many other factors that make up the new bill regarding America's healthcare system, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services remind the public that surgical errors are rare but do occur. According to data collected by the USDHHS, one in every 112,000 surgical procedures involve medical malpractice in which surgeons performed on the wrong body part, underwent incorrect procedures or underwent a procedure intended for another patient. While the numbers may appear comforting, the provided data only covered errors in operation rooms, and the USDHHS points out that errors in other medical settings may be more prevalent.     


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