Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Medical Malpractice$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MIT PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mitpress.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The MIT Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MITSO for personal use.date: 03 July 2022

Patient Safety and Medical Malpractice

Patient Safety and Medical Malpractice

(p.188) (p.189) 8 Patient Safety and Medical Malpractice
Medical Malpractice

A. Sloan Frank

M. Chepke Lindsey

The MIT Press

This chapter shows that despite all the national attention on the issue of medical errors, surprisingly little progress has been made in implementing error reduction systems. This is partly because meaningful financial incentives for health care providers to adopt patient safety measures have been lacking. In principle, tort liability could provide such incentives, but not as it is currently structured in the medical field. And under the best of circumstances, tort liability is only one of several policy instruments that can be applied to make medical care safer than it is now. The threat of a lawsuit would presumably deter such errors, but there is empirical evidence that such errors are widespread, and some experts even argue that medical malpractice has been counterproductive in achieving the objective of reducing medical error rates.

Keywords:   medical errors, error reduction, patient safety, tort liability, medical malpractice

MIT Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.