On March 11, an Illinois woman filed suit for over $100,000 against her psychologist, claiming she received negligent care. The plaintiff was treated for mental health care for four years by the psychoanalyst. The woman says that as a result of the doctor's subpar treatment, her psychological and mental condition has declined.
Some Illinois residents may have heard of a growing trend in medical care known as concierge medicine practices. These companies usually charge patients a membership fee for what they advertise as better medical service including same-day appointments. Doctors pay a per-patient fee as well, and in return the companies offer marketing and other services. In general, concierge medicine practices maintain that they offer doctors and patients a way to connect but that they are not responsible for the doctors. However, a ruling on Feb. 10 may bring changes to the industry.
Chicago residents may be hesitant to ask their doctors questions when they receive medical treatment, but a strong doctor-patient relationship is vital for efficient care. By knowing the right questions to ask their doctors, patients may be able to positively impact their recovery from illnesses or surgeries.
Illinois readers might be interested to learn that an estimated 400,000 deaths happen every year in U.S. hospitals because of medical errors, according to an article published by the Journal of Patient Safety. Some of the most common serious errors happen during surgery or post-op, or involve medication or hospital-acquired conditions. Major errors that occur during surgery include operating on the wrong part of the body, operating on the wrong person and performing the wrong operation. According to the Center for Transforming Healthcare's chief medical officer, wrong-site surgeries occur in the U.S. between 40 and 60 times every week.
Illinois parents may have heard about a mother who lost her 11-year-old daughter to undetected respiratory arrest during routine surgery in 2002. The use of a simple monitor during the application of anesthetic could have prevented the alleged medical malpractice from ever occurring in the first place. Ten years later, she began working to get legislation passed in California so the same tragedy wouldn't happen to others.
The old saw that the worst time to be sick in a hospital is in July, when new doctors are released into the wards, turns out to be only partly true. According to a new study, medical malpractice or other mistakes only impact the sickest patients the most negatively if they are treated at a teaching hospital in July than in any other month. The head researcher said that people who are the most at risk of dying in a hospital already are the ones most likely to feel any effect from physician experience.