Emergency Care: The Medical Malpractice System

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Problems In Delivering Emergency Care

Felicia Blanton

JOUR 3421R50

For the last decade, the emergency care has been in trouble. The emergency rooms have been in a crisis. Emergency response is an activity that focuses on the care of patients who are experiencing traumatic injuries of severe symptoms and signs of an ailment (Goodwin et al., 2013). An immediate evaluation and fast treatment of the patients cannot be obviously done on an elective ground. The services are given under the augury of the hospital and are availed to patients all through the day, seven days a week. From this scenario, it is evident that people who depend on emergency departments ask for too much from the system, leading to very crowded and long waiting
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However, the system is sluggish and expensive to implement. It does not offer compensation to patients suffering from terrible medical care and gives compensation to those who have not. The system designs enticements to embark on cost ineffective treatments on the basis of fear of legal liability. The shortcomings of the modern system have forced several states to alter the laws in a manner to minimize malpractice liability (Santry et al., 2014). A number of physicians carry malpractice insurance which cover defense costs and any award that is paid. The price of malpractice system depends on geographic area and specialty and are arbitrated in state courts. Malpractice lawsuits are met by several effects. The tort reform has affects the claim frequency, the payment to claimants and incentives given to health workers to protect themselves from liability. These actions have an overall effect on the economy. In addition to that, it has a negative effect on both the emergency care givers and the institutions as a whole. However, it is essential to point out that variations in measures of malpractice pressure can be caused by several unobserved factors connected with the expense and results of care. For instance, insurance premiums of certain providers or region may be quite large due to the provider …show more content…
Firstly, they do not give patient-centered care. In this light, they give little or no education to help a patient understand his/ her condition. The patients and physicians lack partnering relationships in deciding how to manage a condition. Secondly, there lacks evidence-based practice. Knowledge on its own cannot predict a person’s ability to integrate new self-care practices. Thirdly, they do not use informatics. The institutions do not assign specific people to monitor data entry and give output reports. With all these issues, it is essential for institutions to come up with measures to alleviate the problems faced in emergency care. Policymakers should help hospitals align various factors to provision of health care. Firstly there should be rapid expansion of private health insurance coverage. Non-urgent patients should be moved out of emergency rooms to pave way for those with emergencies (Marcolini & Mallemat, 2014). Secondly, there is need to focus on public safety. Delivering emergency response should be seen as a safety function and laws that hinder expansion of healthcare centers should be altered. Lastly, the state may inject extra funding especially in accomplishing national goals to handle several disasters and specifically reallocate funds before devoting national

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