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Frank A. Sloan and Lindsey M. Chepke

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262195720

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262195720.001.0001

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Reforms: What Can Be Done

Reforms: What Can Be Done

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(p.308) (p.309) 12 Reforms: What Can Be Done
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Medical Malpractice
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A. Sloan Frank

M. Chepke Lindsey

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262195720.003.0012

This chapter focuses on public policy reforms that show promise in terms of improving quality of care and determining injuries in health care settings. It recommends locating insurance coverage with the hospital as the insuring unit for all care delivered within its walls. Much of the loss is incurred in hospital settings. Certainly the high premiums in such specialties as obstetrics/gynecology and neurosurgery reflect the medical malpractice risk from care delivered at hospitals. Nevertheless, even though physicians would be covered for the care they deliver in hospital inpatient and outpatient facilities, they would still purchase medical malpractice coverage for services delivered in their own practices. Enterprise liability with the hospital as the enterprise is also an attractive option, but it is a somewhat more radical change that may face greater resistance. Under enterprise liability, only the enterprise (the hospital) would be sued.

Keywords:   public policy reform, medical practice insurance, quality of care, insurance coverage, hospitals, enterprise liability

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