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February 2016 Archives

Well-known cancer doctor faces medical board

Some people in Arizona may have followed the career of a cancer doctor named Stanislaw Burzynski who has been featured in documentaries and praised by celebrities. The doctor uses a number of unconventional approaches to treat cancer even though he is not trained as an oncologist. His critics believe that his methods can be deadly, and he is now facing a medical board that is considering taking away his license.

No-fault medical malpractice system could reduce problems

In Arizona, if a medical error injures a patient, the person must seek redress within an adversarial legal system fraught with delays and hidden information. Because litigation or the threat thereof offers the primary method of collecting compensation, physicians fear lawsuits and practice defensive medicine and hospitals often protect access to records about errors.

High rate of preventable errors in hospitals

Hospital patients in Arizona may be surprised to learn that preventable medical errors are the third highest cause of death in the U.S. according to the "Journal of Patient Safety." Examining several recent studies, the article found that between 200,000 and 400,000 people die each year as a result of these errors.

Hospital faces hefty fines in near-fatal surgical error

Arizona residents undergoing medical procedures may be alarmed to learn how careless some surgeons or surgical staff can be, especially when they accidentally leave a piece of surgical equipment inside a patient. In fact, a California hospital has been fined approximately $86,000 for such carelessness.

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