The results of the medical error disclosure program


Many programs have shown a link between the professional responsibility of physicians and patient safety. In 2002, the University of Michigan health system launched a program that included three components: uncontested cases in which a patient was injured as a result of medical negligence, and compensation was paid in a timely and fair manner; aggressively defended cases that the hospital considers unfounded; study all adverse events to identify procedures that can be improved. By August 2001, the organization had received approximately 260 complaints and court cases, which were postponed in due course.

 As of August 2005, this number has dropped to 114 (see figure). The average time from the submission of an application to its settlement has been reduced from about 21 months to less than 10 months. Annual legal fees have dropped from about $ 3 million. up to 1 million The healthcare system has begun to reinvest these savings in automating patient safety reporting. Since the implementation of this program, the University of Michigan health care system has increased the number of practitioners and physicians with high-risk specialties such as obstetrics, gynecology, and neurosurgery.

In 1987, after two incidents of medical malpractice totaling more than $ 1.5 million, Veterans Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, adopted a malpractice policy that quickly compensates injured patients. After 19 years of practice, the hospital costs associated with liability for malpractice have been significantly reduced compared to other centers.

According to available data, the costs of the hospital for a single application amount to about 15 thousand zlotys. dollars, and in other institutions for veterans’ business – over 98 thousand. USD The average time to process cases has also dropped from 2-4 years to 2-4 months, and legal defense costs have been reduced . These are just two examples of such programs, but their results are consistent with those of other organizations that have followed a similar pattern.


We understand that implementing the MEDiC program will be a challenge. A safe and trusting environment should be created so that clinicians and patients can communicate openly about adverse treatment outcomes. At first it will be difficult to detect medical errors. However, organizations that have implemented malpractice disclosure programs in their businesses are already more effective in resolving disputes in a less controversial manner, providing fair compensation to victims and better patient care. We believe that the MEDiC bill will provide solid solutions to avoid the political problems that have hindered other attempts to reform the medical liability system.